Louise Talma: A Life in Composition by Kendra Preston Leonard

By Kendra Preston Leonard

American composer Louise Talma (1906-1996) used to be the 1st woman winner of 2 back-to-back Guggenheim Awards (1946, 1947), the 1st American girl to have an opera premiered in Europe (1962), the 1st lady winner of the Sibelius Award for Composition (1963), and the 1st lady composer elected to the yankee Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1974). This e-book analyses Talma’s works within the context of her lifestyles, targeting the consequences on her paintings of 2 significant alterations she made in the course of her grownup lifestyles: her conversion to Catholicism as an grownup, less than the assistance of Nadia Boulanger, and her adoption of serial compositional concepts. applying techniques from conventional musical research, feminist and queer musicology, and women’s autobiographical idea to ascertain Talma’s physique of works, comprising a few 80 items, this is often the 1st full-length research of this pioneering composer. Exploring Talma’s compositional language, text-setting practices, and the incorporation of autobiographical components into her works utilizing her personal letters, sketches, and ratings, in addition to a couple of different proper files, this booklet positions Talma’s contributions to serial and atonal track within the usa, considers her position as a lady composer throughout the 20th century, and evaluates the legacy of her works and profession in American music.

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