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Arts and Music

Composers of the 20th Century

Orchestral music, like other art forms, has exibited a wide variety of both experimental and traditional forms during the 20th century.

  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (born 1939)

    American composer.

    • First woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music Composition
  • Emma Lou Diemer (born 1927)

    American composer and organist.

    • Wrote ''''Suite for Orchestra''''
  • Cecile Chaminade (born 1861, died 1944)

    French composer and musician.

    • Prolific composer of piano works
  • Peggy Glanville-Hicks

    American composer and music critic.

    • Wrote the ballet A Season in Hell
  • Rebekah West Harkness (born 1915, died 1982)

    American composer and philanthropist.

    • Founded the Harkness Ballet and the Rebekah Harkness Foundation
  • Barbara Anne Kolb (born 1939)

    First female American composer to win the Prix de Rome.

    • Wrote Soundings
  • Florence Beatrice Smith Price (born 1888, died 1953)

    American composer.

    • First black female symphonic composer in America
  • Germaine Tailleferre (born 1892, died 1983)

    French composer.

    • The only woman in the post-WWI group of composers known as Les Six
  • Lydia Lili'uokalani (born 1838, died 1917)

    Last reigning monarch of Hawaii, 1891-93.

    • Wrote ''''Aloha Oe'''' and other works blending aspects of Western and traditional Hawaiian music

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