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By Kendra Preston Leonard

American composer Louise Talma (1906-1996) was once the 1st woman winner of 2 back-to-back Guggenheim Awards (1946, 1947), the 1st American girl to have an opera premiered in Europe (1962), the 1st girl winner of the Sibelius Award for Composition (1963), and the 1st girl composer elected to the yank Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1974). This e-book analyses Talma's works within the context of her existence, concentrating on the results on her paintings of 2 significant alterations she made in the course of her grownup existence: her conversion to Catholicism as an grownup, less than the suggestions of Nadia Boulanger, and her adoption of serial compositional recommendations. applying techniques from conventional musical research, feminist and queer musicology, and women's autobiographical concept to envision Talma's physique of works, comprising a few 80 items, this is often the 1st full-length research of this pioneering composer. Exploring Talma's compositional language, text-setting practices, and the incorporation of autobiographical parts into her works utilizing her personal letters, sketches, and ratings, in addition to a couple of different correct records, this booklet positions Talma's contributions to serial and atonal track within the usa, considers her position as a girl composer in the course of the 20th century, and evaluates the legacy of her works and profession in American track.

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Html#INTERVIEW. Accessed January 5, 2010. 64 Louise Talma, “Invocation to the Rain,” 1925, Louise Talma Collection, Library of Congress. htm. Accessed August 3, 2010. 66 Natalie Curtis, “An American-Indian Composer,” Harper’s Magazine 107 (1903), 631. The image of butterflies as women and girls is analyzed in Michelle Wick Patterson, Natalie Curtis Burlin: A Life in Native and African American Music (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010), 152. 67 Straus, Stravinsky’s Late Music, xv. 63 Myth and Meaning in Talma’s Early Life and Career 29 elements of dis/continuity.

I have written further about the possibilities and implications surrounding Laura Talma’s existence in “Origin Stories: Louise Talma’s Early Life,” Journal of Historical Biography 12 (Autumn 2012): 1–29. S. Government, 1930 Census, New York, April 30, 1930. Accessed via Ancestry. com, August 12, 2010. ”43 According to archives documenting performances and casts of Madama Butterfly in Italy, Fabbricotti performed the role in 1912, when Talma would have been five and six. Cecile spoke only Danish, English, and a little French at this time, and while Talma clearly remembered being in performances in Florence, there are no records of Cecile ever having appeared there.

Although it is unclear exactly when she changed her surname and why, it is possible that she wanted to suggest a connection with the great French actor Joseph Talma, and may also have been borrowing and adapting the surname of relatives known as Tallman/Talman. 12 However, whatever hopes she had for a performance career in America were mostly dashed after receiving a poor reception at her debut performance with the Met in New York in 1905. 13 Cecile toured with the Met the following year as a flower maiden in Parsifal, but dropped off the Met rolls after 1905 save a single final performance again as a flower maiden in January of 1910.

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