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date: 05 July 2020

Beardslee, Bethanylocked

  • Martin Bernheimer
  • , revised by Stephanie Jensen-Moulton

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(b Lansing, MI, Dec 25, 1927). American soprano. After studying at Michigan State University and the Juilliard School, Beardslee made her New York debut in December 1949. At Juilliard she met composer Jacques-Louis Monod, whom she later married. With Monod, she presented premieres of a number of American works, becoming known as a specialist in 20th-century music, and giving the first American performances of works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Krenek, and Alban Berg. In 1956 she remarried, to composer Godfrey Winham. The American Composers Alliance awarded her its 1962 Laurel Leaf “for distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music.” With a 1964 Ford Foundation grant, she commissioned and performed Babbitt’s Philomel for soprano and recorded tape. Her wide range, accuracy, and silvery lyric soprano have also proved effective in early music with New York Pro Musica (1957–60), in Bach, and in recordings of Haydn and Pergolesi. In ...

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