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Louise Talma

Born: Oct 31, 1906

Death: Aug 13, 1996

Birthplace: Arcachon

Nationality: United States

Louise Talma

Date of Birth : Oct 31, 1906
Date of Death : Aug 13, 1996
Birth Place : Arcachon

Louise Talma was a composer. She was raised in New York City and studied at the Institute of Musical Arts, 1922–1930, and received her bachelor of music degree from New York University and masters of arts degree from Columbia University. She studied with Isidor Philipp at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, and with Nadia Boulanger every summer from 1926 to 1939. She taught at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She began composing in a spare neoclassical tonal style featuring static harmonies, short distinct melodies in counterpoint, ostinatos, and pedal points varied through mode, tempo, rhythm, metre, and articulation. Also featured were rhythmic units varied through imitation, augmentation, and diminution. She began using the twelve tone technique in 1954 after hearing Irving Fine's String Quartet, and returned to a neo-tonal style in her last works of the 1980s and 1990s. She wrote most of her compositions at the MacDowell Colony where she also met composers of the "Boston school", Arthur Berger, Lukas Foss, Irving Fine, Alexei Haieff, Harold Shapero, and Claudio Spies.

Also known as


  • Louise Juliette Talma

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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