- Judith Rosen
(b Reedsburg, nr Madison, WI, Oct 21, 1926). American composer. At the Juilliard School she studied the piano with Tureck and composition with Bergsma and Persichetti (BS, MS 1951). As an undergraduate she had three compositions performed at a Composer’s Forum series in New York. Her Sonata for piano (1954), written for and recorded by Menahem Pressler, is one of four works commissioned by MGM Records; two commissions by the Harkness Ballet resulted in scores for Abyss (1964) and Bird of Yearning (1967–8). Inspired by two Georgia O’Keeffe paintings, her piano concerto (1968–74) makes effective use of an Indian rāga; it is the first of a series of works, entitled Landscapes of the Mind, that share thematic material and were composed between 1968 and 1979. Her compositions have been performed by major orchestras and she has received grants, awards and commissions from the NEA, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund, the National Federation of Music Clubs and Meet the Composer. In her compositions she uses multi-textural structures in a modern idiom, creating works that are easily accessible and which have been enthusiastically received. Evidence of the continued expansion and enrichment of her musical expression is to be found in such works as ...