Death of US composers president

The California composer and neo-tonal activist Nancy Bloomer Duessen has died at 88.

A student of Vittorio Giannini, Lukas Foss, Ingolf Dahl and Wilson Coker, Nancy founded the San Francisco branch of the National Association of Composers, USA, and served as its president for many years.

UPDATE: Was she Gershwin’s daughter?

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    • In contrary, ‘neotonal’ new music is a very modern phenomenon. It is the dinosaurs (and Germans) who don’t notice it.

      • And now that the dinosaurs has lost their emperor and dictator Pierre Boulez, things might change in France and surrounding.

        • Things have already been changing for years: Nicolas Bacri, Richard Dubugnon, Thierry Escaich, Guillaume Connesson (all in France alone). The navelstaring Boulezbian universe is crumbling.

  • I don’t especially care for her work. For me, she’s too careful, predictable, cliche-ridden, etc. Sorry Nancy.

    • Yes, but that has nothing to do with her choice of style. And then, one better have decent music which gives pleasure, if of a simple kind, than pretentious nonsense clothed in ideologies. I also don’t find what I heard of her works very interesting, but she has my sympathy nonetheless.

  • She was also an incredible accompaniest who played over 150 mini-concerts from the Great American Songbook for me over a ten year period. She could transpose within a matter of seconds.

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