Silver, Sheila (Jane)
- Cynthia Green Libby
(b Seattle, Oct 3, 1946). American composer. She studied composition in Paris and Stuttgart with Karkoschka and Ligeti, and at Brandeis University with Arthur Berger, Shapero and Shifrin. She has received numerous awards, prizes and residencies including the Prix de Paris, Prix de Rome, Koussevitzky and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships and a Composer Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Silver cites the music of Debussy, Bartók and Stravinsky as major influences. One critic has described her output as comprising ‘impressive transcultural works in which elements of, say, Buddhist chanting are worked into Western-style textures’. Other sources for her melodically rich music include classical Greek, Roman and Indian mythology, American jazz and Jewish chant. Her allegorical opera, The Thief of Love, for which she also wrote the libretto, is based on a 17th-century Bengali tale adapted to a contemporary perspective, the modern-day professional woman in search of the perfect man. ...