Couper [née Cooper], Mildred
- Catherine Parsons Smith
(b Buenos Aires, Dec 10, 1887; d Santa Barbara, CA, Aug 9, 1974). American composer and pianist. She studied in Karlsruhe, Paris and Rome; her teachers included Moszkowski, Cortot and Sgambati. In 1915 she went to New York where she taught at the Mannes School until 1927. She composed several works for quarter-tone piano, starting with Xanadu, written for a 1930 production of Eugene O’Neill’s play Marco Millions in Santa Barbara. Dirge appeared in Cowell’s New Music Edition in 1937; Rumba was performed at a concert organized by John Cage in 1941 and at the Evenings on the Roof concerts in Los Angeles in 1951.