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Frances McCollin: Her Life & Music

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Overview

Frances McCollin, a Philadelphia composer and violist (1892-1960), wrote 333 compositions, of which 93 were published during her lifetime; over 500 performances of her works took place during her lifetime with major orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony. The two conductors who championed her music were Fabien Sevitzky and Leopold Stokowski, and she won 19 national awards. Her compositions, transcribed by Vincent Persichetti and others after she became blind at a young age, include works for symphony orchestra, chorus, and chamber ensembles, and solo works for organ, violin, piano, and solo voices. In this book DiMedio presents an introductory essay on McCollin's life and a catalog of compositions, with over 300 musical examples.

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Editorial Reviews

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...devoted and careful...the woman composer has had to 'reinvent' her history many times...the series in which this book is published...adds to the rediscovery process.
Sonneck Society Bulletin
...exemplary in the use of primary source materials.... an incentive for further, more detailed study...
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...devoted and careful...the woman composer has had to 'reinvent' her history many times...the series in which this book is published...adds to the rediscovery process.
Choice
...devoted and careful...the woman composer has had to 'reinvent' her history many times...the series in which this book is published...adds to the rediscovery process..
Sonneck Society Bulletin
...exemplary in the use of primary source materials.... an incentive for further, more detailed study....
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McCollin, a Philadelphia composer and violist (1892-1960), wrote 333 compositions, of which 93 were published during her lifetime; over 500 performances of her works took place during her lifetime with major orchestras. DiMedio presents an introductory essay on McCollin's life and a catalog of compositions, with over 300 musical examples. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810822894
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/28/1990
  • Series: Composers of North America Series , #7
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Annette Maria DiMedio(BA, music, sociology, anthropology, Swarthmore; MA, music history, Temple; Ph.D., musicology, Bryn Mawr) is a prize-winning concert pianist, a college lecturer, and Assistant Dean, University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has catalogued the McCollin scores, scrapbooks, and other materials donated by the family to the Fleisher Collection and the Music Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. She has also given lecture-recitals on McCollin.

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