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date: 15 October 2019

Zaidel-Rudolph, Jeannelocked

  • Riëtte Ferreira


(b Pretoria, July 9, 1948). South African composer. Her early piano studies were with Goldie Zaidel then with Philip Levy and Adolph Hallis in South Africa and John Lill in London. She studied composition at the University of Pretoria (MMus 1971), where she was particularly influenced by Arthur Wegelin and Stefans Grové, both pioneers in the use of indigenous African elements. At the RCM in London she continued her composition studies with John Lambert and Tristram Carey. She was selected to participate in a masterclass with Boulanger. Her studies with Ligeti in Hamburg (1974) significantly influenced her style. In 1975 she began to lecture at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and at the University of Pretoria she became the first woman in South Africa to obtain the DMus in composition in 1979. Zaidel-Rudolph is one of the most prolific and commissioned composers in South Africa. Her style reflects both the inspiration of religious mysticism and the richness of a transcultural approach which merges African and Western musical elements....

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