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date: 25 August 2019

Bosch, Maura (Louise) [Hess, Marjorie Ann]locked

  • Karin Pendle

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(Louise) [Hess, Marjorie Ann]

(b Reading, PA, Aug 8, 1958). American composer. She studied at the Hartt College of Music (BM 1978) and Princeton University (MFA 1982), where her teachers included Alexander Lepak, Milton Babbitt, Edward T. Cone and Peter Westergaard. She believes that all of her works ‘arise from a basic premise of performing music as theatre’ and should be presented in ‘[their] own theatrical space’, away from traditional venues of concert and opera. In 1990 she co-founded Corn Palace Productions, a music theatre company in Minneapolis, to perform her operatic works. Mirabell's Book of Numbers, a surrealistic opera based on poems by James Merrill, was completed in 1991.

Bosch’s eclectic style draws on both acoustic and electronic instruments. Although she has written for a variety of media, her compositions share a common focus on words. Her Light Self (1997), an ‘electro-acoustic collage’, features phrases of text performed in canon with a recorded recitation of the same material. The ...

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