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date: 15 October 2019

Wallach, Joellelocked

  • Lisa B. Robinson

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(b New York, June 29, 1946). American composer. She spent part of her childhood in Morocco, then returned to New York to attend the Juilliard Preparatory School, where she studied the piano, singing, theory and composition. She obtained degrees in composition at Sarah Lawrence College (BA 1967) and Columbia University (MA 1969), and, as a pupil of John Corigliano, at the Manhattan School of Music (DMA 1984). She has received several awards, including one from the National Orchestral Association in 1991 for The Tiger’s Tail; her commissions include a work for the New York Choral Society in 1994. Wallach’s works are widely performed in the USA and Europe and several have been recorded.

Her sacred works use a post-Wagnerian tonal idiom, while the more experimental orchestral works exhibit a wide range of influences – including Hebrew chant and North African dance traditions – and effects.

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