July 30, birthday of Alexina Diane Louie (b. 1949)

Alexina Diane Louie, OC OOntFRSC (born July 30, 1949) is a Canadian composer. She is of Chinese descent who has written many pieces for orchestra, as well as pieces for solo piano.

“O Moon”

I Leap Through The Sky With Stars

Warrior

Music for Piano

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July 29, birthday of Sophie Menter (1846 — 1918)

From wikipedia: Sophie Menter (29 July 1846 — 23 February 1918) was a German pianist and composer who became the favorite female student of Franz Liszt.[1] She was called l’incarnation de Liszt in Paris because of her robust, electrifying playing style[1] and was considered one of the greatest piano virtuosos of her time.[2] She died at Stockdorf, near Munich.

Etude in A flat op. 9

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April 24, Birthday of Roxanna Panufnik (b. 1968)

Roxanna Panufnik lives in London where she is a president of a choral society and has been composer in resident with the London Mozart players.

Zen Love Song

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December 31, Birthday of Daphne Oram (1925-2003)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

Daphne Oram was taught piano and composition from an early age but turned down a post at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London to take a job with the BBC as a “music balancer.” There she began composing and pushing the envelope of sound recording and synthetic sound to create some of the first works of “electronic music.” Using tape loops, recordings of machines, feedback, tone generation, and manual manipulation, she paved the way for Steve Reich, Kraftwerk, DJ’s, hip-hop, electronic, sampling, and scratching.

She went on to found the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which created soundscapes for many of BBC’s programs such as The Goon Show, Dr. Who, and The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

She left that job in the late 1950s to develop “Oramics” a method of composing music by drawing and scratching on 35-millimeter film, which was read by photoelectric eyes and fed into electronic equipment to produce music.

Below are example of some of her works. One, Still Point composed in the 1940s is scored for for turntables, “double orchestra” and five microphones. According to Wikipedia, “Still Point is held to be the first composition to combine acoustic orchestration with live electronic manipulation.”

Pulse Persephone
Snow

Oram Tapes Volume 1 Disc 2

Excerpt from Still Point

December 27, Birthday of Hope Temple

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

There is a very short entry for Hope Temple, nee Alice Davis, in Wikipedia.  She studied piano in London starting at age 13, but then due to a riding accident that injured her hand, she turned to composing.  I can only find one piece by her on Youtube.  It’s an Irish song called “My Lady’s Bower,” which was sung by Molly Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses.  The other is an excerpt, not very well performed, from her husband’s (Andre Messager), opera Mirette, which she cowrote with him.  She wrote two operettas, which I cannot find.

From Wikipedia:  Hope Temple, born as Alice Maude (called “Dotie”) Davis (27 December 1859 – 10 May 1938) was an Irish songwriter and composer. She was also known as “Mrs. André Messager“.

My Lady’s Bower
For the Wind of Night Comes Wandering

December 25, Birthday of Annie Lennox (b. 1954)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

Annie Lennox may not be listed as a composer in Wikipedia, but she studied flute, piano and harpsichord at the London Royal Conservatory of Music. Her work as an Eurythmic still leaves me a bit speechless, as does her solo album Medusa (of covers, I know).

Love Song for a Vampire
Julia

Would I Lie to You

Conditioned Soul

December 24, Birthday of Libby Larsen (b. 1950)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

 

Love Song for A Vampire
Holy Roller for Saxophone and Piano

Like Blind Men Tapping in the Dark

Song Concerto
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