Lukas Foss (1922–2009) was a bit of an iconoclast as a composer. He was so interested in the new that he never hewed too closely to any one creative school, and was too experimental to cultivate an identifiable style. “I start from scratch with every work,” he once remarked. “It’s as if I’ve never composed before.” His early work calls to mind the classic American sound of Copland and Bernstein, while later works are firmly rooted in the avant-garde of the late 20th century.
Here are three quick ways to explore Foss’ work in the Milken Archive.
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