Barnett, Carol E(dith Anderson)
- Karin Pendle
(b Dubuque, IA, May 23, 1949). American composer. As a child she studied the piano, the violin and the flute, and performed in various choral and instrumental ensembles. At the University of Minnesota (BA 1972, MA 1976) she studied composition with Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler, the piano with Bernhard Weiser and the flute with Emil Niosi. In 1992 she became composer-in-residence for the Dale Warland Singers. Her works have also been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Barnett's harmonic idiom is flexibly chromatic and freely dissonant within a context that includes references to tonality. She tends to work with small, striking musical ideas, repeating them within various textures and timbres that shift effortlessly from one to the next, as in her Overture to a Greek Drama (1994). Her choral cycle An Elizabethan Garland (1994) features deftly managed textures that range from imitation and dialogue among the voices to streams of closely positioned chords over a deep bass. Her lyricism is wide-ranging, creating a singing quality in even disjunct melodic lines....