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Dear Poundians,
I hope Vol I of this series, released in July, has added to your 
enjoyment of /The Cantos/.
Vol II is now available as an e-book. Both books can be read on your 
computer (recommended) or tablet.
All best wishes,
Margaret Fisher
Second Evening Art Publishing <http://www.ezrapoundmusic.com>
Studies in the Music of Ezra Pound: Duration Rhyme and Great Bass 

*/New! <http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBXO1WK>/ Volume II: /The 
Transparency of Ezra Pound's Great Ba/ 
<http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBXO1WK>/s//s / 
<http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBXO1WK>*$ 9.99 
The basic premise of Pound's theory of great bass was daunting in its 
austerity, but not particularly revolutionary: rhythm is the fundamental 
element that determines artistic form in poetry and music. Pound went 
on, however, to make claims for a great bass beyond rhythm. He wrote 
about it as a trait that could identify genius in the person and in the 
work of art. A person endowed with great bass had a sense of 
"proportional frequency" and  "perfect" or "absolute" rhythm. With such 
abstruse parameters, Pound's great bass has resisted analysis.

This e-book examines great bass as a theory of rhythm and rhythmic 
influence against the backdrop ofseminal works on  harmony from medieval 
times to the twentieth century: Dante, Franco of Cologne, Thomas 
Campion, Jean-Phillipe Rameau, Hermann von Helmholtz, Arnold Schoenberg 
and Henry Cowell, among others. In this setting, Pound's great bass 
joins thelong-standing practical and theoretical inquiry concerning the 
bass part and bass function in music, itself part of a larger ongoing 
investigation of human perception informed by musical cognition.

        The total number of contributions to the science of harmony in
        our century is three...Schoenberg's Harmonielehre, Schenker's
        Harmonielehre, and Pound's Treatise. This grouping may seem
        unusual, for the former two are carefully worked out
        philosophizings by musicians of great reputation, while Pound's
        Treatiseis a scramble of jottings on a subject about which he
        could be expected to have only the vaguest notions. But they are
        the right notions, and that is why I signaled it as an important
        text, . . .

                                R. Murrray Schafer, /Ezra Pound and Music/

*Volume I: /The Echo of Villon in Ezra Pound's Music and Poetry, Toward 
a Theory of Duration Rhyme/$5.00* <http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DQHJ0JQ>
The principal essay of this e-book of essays about Pound's music 
identifies the duration rhyme as a metrical construct of musical 
proportion within Pound's/Cantos/. Using computer-assisted models, the 
author demonstrates how Pound applied the relative temporal durations of 
elements in his poems---vowels, syllables, words, phrases and verse 
lines---and the precise proportions that result from those relations to 
arrive at his great bass of a new poetic based on time durations and 
informed by music.

Margaret Fisher <http://independent.academia.edu/margaretfisher>is 
author of /Ezra Pound's Radio Operas, The BBC Experiments/ (1931-1933) 
(The MIT Press, winner of the 2002 Ezra Pound Society Prize), /The 
Recovery of Ezra Pound's Third Opera/: Collis O Heliconii, /Settings of 
Poems by Catullus and Sappho/, and /The Echo of Villon in Ezra Pound's 
Music and Poetry, Toward a Theory of Duration Rhyme/. With Robert 
Hughes, she co-edited The Complete Music of Ezra Pound, a series of five 
volumes with engraved music scores for Second Evening Art Publishing. In 
2008 she received the prestigious Rome Prize for work on early Italian 
Radio, Futurist Radio and a translation of /Radia/, Pino Masnata's 
posthumously published /Gloss of the 1933 Futurist Radio Manifesto/, 
with Fisher's Introduction and Notes (Second Evening Art, 2012).

        These ebooks are designed to be read with ebook reader software
        for tablets and computers. Many ebook readers can be downloaded
        for free.

        Second Evening Art Publishing
        1420 45th Street #16
        Emeryville CA 94608
        www.ezrapoundmusic.com <http://www.ezrapoundmusic.com>