Warren, Elinor Remick
- Virginia Bortin
(b Los Angeles, Feb 23, 1900; d Los Angeles, April 27, 1991). American composer and pianist. Her parents were accomplished amateur musicians. After local study in Los Angeles and a year at Mills College, she went to New York in 1920 for further work with Frank LaForge and Clarence Dickinson; she also attended masterclasses in Los Angeles with Godowsky and later with Schoenberg, and undertook private study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger (1959). Her early works came to the attention of Cadman and Enescu, who encouraged her. Her first published composition was A Song of June (1919), and by 1922 her compositions were appearing in the catalogues of leading New York music firms. From 1921 to the early 1940s she toured the USA as accompanist and assisting artist with leading singers such as Florence Easton, Lawrence Tibbett, Richard Crooks, Margarete Matzenauer and Lucrezia Bori, who were among the many artists to sing her songs; the baritone Thomas Hampson has championed her music....