Nordenstrom, Gladys (Mercedes)
- Garrett Bowles
(b Pokegama Township, MN, May 23, 1924). American composer. She studied singing, the trumpet and the piano before enrolling at Hamline University in St Paul, where she studied composition with Krenek (BA 1946, MA 1947). In the summer of 1946 she also studied philosophy and literature at the University of Minnesota. She married Krenek in 1950 and moved with him to Los Angeles; they settled in Palm Springs in 1966. She composed independently of him, though they discussed the texts of their vocal works in detail. Her compositions are all atonal and highly expressionistic. Her El Greco phantasie (1965) is a strict 12-note work in which the row is constantly rotated, while the spirit of Webern informs the tightly knit and intense Elegy for Robert F. Kennedy (1968) and Work for Orchestra no.3 (1975). Electronic sounds are combined with organ in ...