Barkin [née Radoff], Elaine
- J. Michele Edwards
(b Bronx, NY, Dec 15, 1932). American composer, writer and performer. After gaining the BA (1954) from Queens College, CUNY, she studied composition with Fine, Shapero and Arthur Berger at Brandeis University (MFA 1956, PhD 1971) and with Blacher at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik (1956–7). She taught at various colleges and universities before joining the composition and theory faculty at UCLA (1974), where she remained until 1994. For three decades she was a major contributor and adviser to Perspectives of New Music; she has also written extensively on 20th-century music for other journals. In her compositions as well as her writings and presentations she has given attention to women and gender issues.
In about 1978 Barkin turned from using 12-note and serial techniques to explore compositional processes involving collaboration, interactive performance and improvisation. In notes written about her 1989 piece for basset-horn and tape, … ...