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date: 14 October 2019

Talma, Louiselocked

  • Arthur Cohn,
  • Dorothy Regina Holcomb,
  • Sara Jobin,
  • Virginia Davidson
  •  and Gregg Smith


(b Arcachon, France, Oct 31, 1906; d Saratoga Springs, NY, Aug 13, 1996). American composer. She studied at the Institute of Musical Art, New York (1922–30); at the Fontainebleau School of Music (1926–39), where her teachers included Isidore Philipp (piano) and Nadia Boulanger (composition); and at New York (BMus 1931) and Columbia (MA 1933) universities. She taught at Hunter College, CUNY (1928–79), and was the first American faculty member at the Fontainebleau School. She became a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony in 1943. Her many awards include two Guggenheim fellowships (1946, 1947); a Senior Fulbright Fellowship (1955–6); the Sibelius Medal for Composition from the Harriet Cohen International Awards, London (1963); and election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1963, she was the first woman to be so honoured). Her opera, The Alcestiad...

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Perspectives of New Music
The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers
Washington, DC, Library of Congress, Music Division