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date: 17 August 2019

Baiocchi, Regina Harrislocked

  • Karin Pendle

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(b Chicago, July 16, 1956). American composer and writer. She studied at Roosevelt and De Paul universities, where her teachers included Robert Lombard and George Flynn. She has also studied jazz piano with Alan Swain and composition with Hale Smith. Her music reveals an eclectic mixture of idioms and techniques, from serialism to black American folk music. Jazz is seldom far from the surface in Sketches (1992) and Gbeldahoven: No One's Child (1996), an opera based on the lives of Harlem Renaissance writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes that includes numbers inspired by African chant, spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, work songs and rap music. The aria ‘How It Feels to Be Colored Me’ shares motivic material with the final movement of the brass quintet QFX (1993); both are based on a 12-note series she describes as her ‘stand-by tone row’, as well as on black American harmonies and rhythms. Her African heritage also provides sounds for ...

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