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date: 21 September 2019

Clayton, Lauralocked

  • Cynthia Green Libby

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(b Lexington, Dec 8, 1943). American composer and pianist. She studied composition with Darius Milhaud at the Aspen Music School in Colorado, Charles Wuorinen at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and Leslie Bassett, George Balch Wilson and Eugene Kurtz at the University of Michigan. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA awards and two American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters prizes. Her style has been described as rhythmically complex with a ‘highly refined sense of mystery’, inspired by images of nature. Cree Songs for the Newborn, based on creole poems, was chosen to represent the USA at the 1980 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.

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