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date: 10 December 2019

Dlugoszewski, Lucialocked

  • Olivia Mattis,
  • J. Highwather
  •  and Sara Jobin


(b Detroit, June 16, 1931; d New York, April 11, 2000). American composer, poet and choreographer. The daughter of Polish emigrant labour union organizers, she received her early musical education at the Detroit Conservatory. After training in chemistry at Wayne State University, she was awarded a scholarship to study the piano with Grete Sultan in New York; she also studied analysis with Salzer at the Mannes School of Music and composition with Varèse (1953). Championed by members of the New York School, she participated in several concerts and panel discussions at The Club. Haiku, oriental philosophy and the writings of F.S.C. Northrop inspired her to seek poetic immediacy in sound. In her compositions, many of which are evocatively titled, she aimed to capture the essence of each moment and to turn each gesture into a discovery. She performed primarily on invented instruments, including her own ‘timbre piano’, a conventional piano played by striking, bowing or plucking the strings, and the many percussion instruments created for her by sculptor Ralph Dorazio....

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