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date: 20 August 2019

Manziarly, Marcelle delocked

  • Caroline Potter


(b Kharkov [now Kharkiv], 1/Oct 13, 1899; d Ojai, CA, May 21, 1989). French composer, of mixed Russian and American parentage. She started composing at the age of 12 and was one of Nadia Boulanger’s first composition pupils in Paris, remaining her lifelong friend. Later, she studied conducting with Weingartner in Basle (1930–31) and the piano with Vengerova in New York (1943). Boulanger promoted Manziarly’s music in Paris, conducting the Triptyque pour une madone de Lorenzo d’Alessandro (1934) in her first appearance on the podium in the French capital; Boulanger also introduced her to Princesse Edmond de Polignac, who commissioned several works. Manziarly’s career was divided between France and the USA. She taught privately in both countries, and appeared as a pianist and conductor in New York.

Her works of the 1920s, including Impressions de mer for piano (1922...

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The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers