As a composer, Foss created a wide variety of works in a great many musical forms. He was initially influenced by American composers, notably Aaron Copland , and produced traditional works such as The Tempest (1942), an orchestral suite The Prairie (1944), a cantata based on Carl Sandburg 's poem and Griffelkin (1955), an opera. His later interest in improvisational techniques and aleatory music is reflected in such works as his chamber piece Elytres (1964). Still later, he turned to minimalism and a postmodern eclecticism, as in his Renaissance Concerto (1986).
See K. L. Perone, Lukas Foss: A Bio-Bibliography (1991).
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