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date: 19 October 2019

Moore, Dorothy Ruddlocked

  • Doris Evans McGinty

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(b New Castle, DE, June 4, 1940). American composer. She studied composition with Mark Fax at Howard University, Washington, DC (BM 1963), with Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau (summer 1963), and with Chou Wen-chung in New York (1965). She taught at the Harlem School of the Arts (1965–6), New York University (1969) and Bronx Community College, CUNY (1971).

Moore was her own librettist for her opera, Frederick Douglass, which was commissioned and first performed in New York by Opera Ebony and has received international performances. A singer herself, she has shown preference for the vocal medium and has been committed to setting poems by black Americans. The Weary Blues, with its reference to the 12-bar blues form, is the sole instance of black influence upon her musical style. Her works are characterized by dissonant contrapuntal textures, often utilizing block harmonies, clusters, and 4ths used vertically and horizontally. She frequently combines a complex harmonic background with lyricism and emotional intensity as in ...

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