Emma Lou Diemer: A Bio-Bibliography

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Overview

Emma Lou Diemer--a composer who successfully combines a classicist's interest in form with a fresh, contemporary, harmonic vocabulary--has produced a diverse, sophisticated, and largely unheralded opus, including 350 works composed for orchestra, symphonic band, chamber ensemble, keyboard, chorus, voices, and solo and electronic instruments. This complete guide to her extensive work examines her influences and her unique musical style, reveals her philosophy of composing, and offers the reader access to detailed information about her work. Though her organ psalm settings and hymn preludes are considered standard repertoire, as are a number of her choral compositions, Diemer has not received her due attention or acclaim-an oversight fully corrected by this valuable addition to music scholarship.

Beginning with a brief biography that outlines Diemer's life and art, this thoroughly cross-referenced book goes on to enumerate the composer's many works and performances in a section divided by style and instrument. A complete discography and bibliography round out the volume, along with alphabetical, chronological, and genre-specific indexes.

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The American composer for the organ, piano, and electronic media is the subject of this biography and annotated bibliography by Schlegel, who teaches music at Frostburg State U. in Maryland. A complete list of Diemer's works and selected performances is given, with notes on the contents of the work, its length, level of difficulty, orchestration, and the composer's notes when available. Appendices contain an alphabetical and a chronological list of compositions and a collection of reflections by Diemer's peers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313318146
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2001
  • Series: Bio-Bibliographies in Music Series
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

ELLEN GROLMAN SCHLEGEL is a Professor of Music at Frostburg State University in Maryland. She is a founding member of the Chamberlain Trio and principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies, and has published extensively on the subject of women composers, most recently as a contributor to the Encyclopedia of American Women Musicians Since 1900.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Biography

Works and Performances

Discography

Bibliography

Appendix A: Alphabetical Lists of Compositions

Appendix B: Chronological List of Compositions

Appendix C: Peer Reflections

Index

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