Joan Tower At 70

As she approaches her 70th birthday in September, Tower is one of the deans of American composers. “Would that be dean-ess?” she says, laughing again. “I feel great to get to this age and have my music being played. I like the fact that my career has been one of slow growth. I feel sorry for composers who get major attention when they’re in their early 20s. It’s hard to go up from that.”