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date: 17 August 2019

James, Dorothylocked

  • Edith Borroff


(b Chicago, Dec 1, 1901; d St Petersburg, FL, Dec 1, 1982). American composer and teacher . She studied with Adolf Weidig, Howard Hanson, Louis Gruenberg, Healey Willan and Ernst Krenek. From 1927 to 1968 she taught at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, where she became professor in 1962; she was also music critic for the Ypsilanti Press. Her music is for the most part chromatic, well wrought and finely balanced; though based in 19th-century technique, it is not limited to traditional content. The clarity and fluidity of her choral writing create a quite individual luminous sound. James was an allied member of the MacDowell Colony Fellows. She published Music of Living Michigan Women Composers (1976).

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