Keal, Minna [Nerenstein, Mina ]
- Marie Fitzpatrick
[Nerenstein, Mina ]
(b London, March 22, 1909; d Princes Risborough, Bucks, Nov 14, 1999). English composer. At the RAM she studied the piano with Thomas Knott and composition with William Alwyn; she received a bursary for composition in 1929. Domestic circumstances forced her to stop composing but in retirement she began again, taught by Justin Connolly (from 1975) and Oliver Knussen (from 1982). Her early pieces were influenced by Bruch and Debussy, but her later works, such as the string quartet (1976–8), show a new awareness of Bartók and Shostakovich. Her Symphony (1980–85), a powerful, stormy, dissonantly chromatic work, organized around Golden Sections and making free melodic use of 12–note technique, attracted considerable attention and was given its first complete performance at a BBC Promenade Concert in 1989. Among her other later works are a wind quintet (1978–80) and Cantillation for violin and orchestra (...