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date: 20 August 2019

Lockwood, Annea [Anna] (Ferguson)locked

  • J. Michele Edwards

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[Anna] (Ferguson)

(b Christchurch, New Zealand, July 29, 1939). New Zealand composer. After attending Canterbury University, New Zealand (BMus 1961), she studied with Peter Racine Fricker at the RCM, London (1961–3); she also attended Darmstadt summer courses (1961–2) and worked with Koenig at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, and at the Bilthoven electronic music studio (1963–4). In 1973 she went to the USA and taught at Hunter College, CUNY, and in 1982 joined the faculty at Vassar College, retiring in 2001.

While working in many genres, Lockwood consistently focusses on timbre and performance with spatial considerations. Her early works, including the Violin Concerto (1962), the chamber cantata A Abélard, Héloise (1963) and Aspekte einer Parabel (1964), are atonal. In the mid-1960s she moved away from both instrumental music and synthesized electronic materials to work with acoustic sounds from nature, attracted by their subtle complexity, rich variety and unpredictability. Her imaginative ...

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