Chance, Nancy Laird
- Cynthia Green Libby
(b Cincinnati, March 19, 1931). American composer and pianist. She studied theory and composition with Ussachevsky, Luening and Chou Wen-chung at Columbia University. She received the ASCAP/Nissim prize for orchestral composition twice (1981, Liturgy; 1984, Odysseus), as well as two awards from the NEA, three fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and a Sundance Film Composer Fellowship in 1988. Her commissioned works include Planasthai (Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, 1991), In Paradisium (Florilegium Chamber Choir, 1987) and the Woodwind Quintet (Quintet of the Americas, 1983), and her works have also been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St Louis SO, the Da Capo Chamber Players and other contemporary chamber ensembles in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, and Chicago. The New York Times (June 1985), writing of Rhapsodia, described her music as ‘densely plotted series of aural clusters … gnarled sounds that expand and contract with a violent poetry’. Several of her works have been recorded on Opus One....