Beth Anderson (composer)

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Beth Anderson is an American neo-romantic composer. She studied with John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley, and Larry Austin, among others. She studied at the University of Kentucky, UC Davis, New York University and Mills College.[1][2][3][4]

Anderson is best known in her field for her swales, a musical form she invented based on collages and samples of newly composed music rather than existing music. She told a reporter for The New York Times in 1995 she named the form based on this definition of the word: "A swale is a meadow or marsh where a lot of wild things go together."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson was born in Lexington, Kentucky, United States and grew up in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. She married the computer book author Elliotte Rusty Harold on July 28, 1995, one year after they met at a potluck dinner held by the New York Macintosh Users Group. A 1995 The New York Times feature story on Harold's wedding called her both old-fashioned and conventional and observed, "She giggles often, as lightly as wind chimes. And yet she listens to the band Megadeth when cleaning her apartment."[5]


  • Feminae in Musica (Feminae Records, 2007)
    • Tale One
    • Tale Three
    • Belgian Tango
      • Performed by: Aleksandra Maslovaric (violin), Tania Fleischer (piano)
      • Available: [1]


  1. ^ Hitchcock, H. Wiley and Stanley Sadie The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. (New York: MacMillan, 1986) Vol. 1, p. 46
  2. ^ "Beth Anderson, Composer". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Beth Anderson". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Beth Anderson". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b Lois Smith Brady (August 6, 1995). "Weddings: Vows; Beth Anderson and Rusty Harold". The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2014.

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