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date: 17 August 2019

Beglarian, Eve (Louise)locked

  • Kyle Gann

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(Louise)

(b Ann Arbor, July 22, 1958). American composer. The daughter of the composer Grant Beglarian, she studied at Princeton University (BA 1980) and Columbia University (MA 1983), and was trained in intricate serial techniques by Wuorinen and Lerdahl. At Columbia, however, she came to view post-serialism as sterile and elitist and began to write pieces that incorporated rock elements and performance art. From 1991 on, she has had a strong presence in the downtown Manhattan scene, especially with the pianist Kathleen Supové, with whom she formed the electronic duo Twisted Tutu.

Beglarian's output is extremely diverse, including contrapuntal variations on medieval songs, computer-altered disco collages, post-minimal and numerically-structured synthesizer pieces, songs of nonsense syllables and electric theatre pieces, notably TypOpera, based on Kurt Schwitters's Ur Sonata. Expert in sampling technology, she often uses noise samples in instrumental contexts; FlamingO, for example, combines chamber orchestra and samplers in such a way that the latter dominate, the orchestra emerging from an engulfing whirr of noise. In ...

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