Hier, Ethel Glenn
- Adrienne Fried Block
(b Cincinnati, June 25, 1889; d Winter Park, FL, Jan 14, 1971). American composer, teacher and pianist of Scottish origin. She received a diploma in piano from Cincinnati Conservatory in 1908 and immediately established what became a thriving piano studio. In 1911 she returned to the Conservatory for further piano study and took composition lessons with Edgar Kelley; in Germany during the summer of 1912 she studied composition with Hugo Kaun. In 1917 she moved to New York, opening teaching studios there and in New Jersey, and continued composition studies at the Institute of Musical Art, first with Percy Goetschius and later with Bloch. During subsequent summers she worked in Europe with Berg, Wellesz and Malipiero, and in 1923 she resumed piano study with Carl Friedberg.
Hier began publishing teaching pieces for piano in 1912. By 1918 her more ambitious works had won her the first of 14 fellowships at the MacDowell Colony. In ...