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date: 17 August 2019

Steiner, Gitta (Hana)locked

  • Catherine Parsons Smith
  • , revised by Michael Meckna

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(Hana)

(b Prague, April 17, 1932; d New York, Jan 1, 1990). American composer, pianist, teacher and poet. She studied composition at the Juilliard School (MusB 1967, MS 1969) with Persichetti, Schuller and Carter, and gained several awards. She was co-founder of the Composers’ Group for International Performance (1968) and taught at Brooklyn Conservatory (1962–6 and 1983–4). Her works for percussion are particularly well known for their innovative timbres, jazz influence and long, almost vocal lines. When not setting her own acclaimed texts, she showed a strong affinity for the lyric poetry of Dickinson and Joyce. (See J. Petercsak: ‘Spotlight on Gitta Steiner’, Percussive Notes, xvi/3, 1978, p.38.)

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