Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 21 September 2019

Simons, Nettylocked

  • Christine Ammer


(b New York, Oct 26, 1913; d New York, April 1, 1994). American composer. Originally trained as a pianist, she later studied at New York University with Percy Grainger and privately (1938–41) with Stefan Wolpe; she regarded Wolpe as her most influential teacher. From 1965 to 1971 she was active in producing new music radio broadcasts. Her early compositions are characterized by extreme economy of means and imaginative interplay of tone colour. By 1960 she had become more experimental, often including aleatory elements; later she frequently used graphic notation (Buckeye has Wings, Design Groups I and II, Silver Thaw). Many of her compositions may be performed as theatre pieces, employing dancers and actors as well as (or instead of) musicians. Her musical materials have been donated to New York Public Library, Lincoln Center.

(selective list)

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Please subscribe to access the full content.