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date: 17 August 2019

Ivey, Jean Eichelbergerlocked

  • Sam Di Bonaventura
  • , revised by Geoffrey Wright

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(b Washington, DC, July 3, 1923; d Baltimore, May 2, 2010). American composer and pianist . She studied at Trinity College (BA 1944), the Peabody Conservatory (MM in piano, 1946), the Eastman School (MM in composition, 1956) and the University of Toronto (DMus in composition, 1972). In 1967 she founded the electronic music studio at Peabody, and from 1982 until her retirement in 1997 she coordinated its composition department. Ivey summarized her compositional ideals at the 30th anniversary of computer music at Peabody: ‘I consider all the musical resources of the past and present as being at the composer’s disposal, but always in the service of the effective communication of humanistic ideas and intuitive emotion’. Her early music was tonal and neo-classical, drawing particularly on the styles of Bartók and Ravel; in the 1960s she began to incorporate serial and electronic elements, which gave her music greater fluidity. She was especially fond of writing for the voice in combination with orchestra, ensemble, piano or tape. Some of her works, including the monodrama ...

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