By Kendra Preston Leonard
American composer Louise Talma (1906-1996) used to be the 1st girl winner of 2 back-to-back Guggenheim Awards (1946, 1947), the 1st American girl to have an opera premiered in Europe (1962), the 1st girl 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 existence, targeting the results on her paintings of 2 significant adjustments she made in the course of her grownup lifestyles: her conversion to Catholicism as an grownup, below the suggestions of Nadia Boulanger, and her adoption of serial compositional ideas. making use of ways from conventional musical research, feminist and queer musicology, and women's autobiographical conception to check Talma's physique of works, comprising a few 80 items, this can be the 1st full-length examine of this pioneering composer. Exploring Talma's compositional language, text-setting practices, and the incorporation of autobiographical parts into her works utilizing her personal letters, sketches, and rankings, in addition to a couple of different proper records, this e-book positions Talma's contributions to serial and atonal track within the usa, considers her function as a lady composer throughout the 20th century, and evaluates the legacy of her works and occupation in American track.