Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Series: Women Composers
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
I first became aware of Marga Richter’s music in 2003 when I was preparing to teach a course on women in music and listened to the audio cassette for Diane Jezic’s...
1. The Early Years: 1926–1951
On October 21 , 1926, Florence Marga Richter was born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, the heart of the American Midwest. The strong musical upbringing Marga Richter received, combined...
2. Modern Dance and the MGM Recordings: 1951–1960
After her graduation from Juilliard, Richter moved to 308 West 107th Street, where she enjoyed having her first apartment all to herself. Living in New York City with its myriad...
3. Fragments: 1960s
U.S. composers in the 1960s (e.g., Carter, Varèse, Babbitt, and Cage) gravitated toward total serialism, electronic music, or chance music. Richter never found these styles appealing and did not adopt them. She did reluctantly respond to the trend of composing sparse...
4. Landscapes: 1970s
During the 1970s Richter created some of her most important works: two large-scale orchestral scores, Landscapes of the Mind I and Blackberry Vines and Winter Fruit; two chamber music...
5. Expansion: 1980s
The compositional atmosphere of the 1980s was extraordinarily varied. Some composers continued to compose serial, electronic, and chance music. Others wrote sound-mass music and sound poetry, used environmental sounds, and became performance...
6. Culmination: 1990s
During the 1990s, the compositional world was still fragmented with composers working in serial and electronic music, performance art, and numerous other styles. Richter continued to prefer working in traditional mediums and created music for chorus, orchestra, opera...
7. Blooming: 2000s–Present
Since the year 2000, Richter has composed music of a more intimate nature, employing a simpler harmonic and melodic language but still embodying her distinctive voice. These works include several song cycles, some of a humorous nature, a variety of chamber music...
Taking old age in stride, Richter has not thought of retiring and remains focused on composition. She continues to spend summers in Vermont and enjoys the beauty around her and visiting with professional colleagues, friends, and family. In her zest for living and her dedication to her art, Richter is a role model for younger composers and performers...
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