Van Appledorn, Mary Jeanne
- Rebecca A. Maloy
(b Holland, MI, Oct 2, 1927). American composer. She studied the piano and theory at the Eastman School of Music (BM 1948, MM 1950, PhD 1966), where she received informal training in composition with Bernard Rogers and Alan Hovhaness. In 1982 she undertook postdoctoral studies in computer-synthesized sound at MIT. She joined the music department at Texas Technical College (now Texas Tech University) in 1950. Her numerous honours include the Premier Prix, Dijon, awards from the Texas Composers Guild and ASCAP, and commissions from the Music Teachers National Association and National Intercollegiate Bands.
Van Appledorn’s music displays a wide range of styles and compositional procedures. The character of each work is rooted in its text or in the performance context of the group for which it was composed. Many works combine strong jazz influences, unusual timbres and extended instrumental techniques with highly organic structures, intricate contrapuntal procedures and substantial motivic development. Some compositions are inspired by programmes or descriptive titles; others require virtuoso technique....