Talma, Louise

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Louise Talma (b. Oct. 31, 1906, in Arcachon, France; d. Aug. 13, 1996 at Yaddo Artist Colony, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was an American composer, pianist, and educator.

From the description of Louise Talma papers, 1875-1996 (bulk 1928-1994). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71128298

Biographical Note

  • 1906, Oct. 31: Born, Arcachon, France
  • 1911: Began piano lessons
  • 1914 (summer): Moved with mother, Cécile Talma, to New York
  • 1922 - 1930 : Studied at the Institute of Musical Art, New York City
  • 1926-1928 (winters): Taught theory and ear training at the Manhattan School of Music
  • 1926-1927 (summers): Studied piano with Isidore Philipp at the Fontainebleau School of Music
  • 1928-1939 (summers): Studied composition with Nadia Boulanger at the Fontainebleau School of Music
  • 1928 - 1979 : Teacher and assistant professor of music, Hunter College, New York City
  • 1931: Bachelor of Music, New York University
  • 1932: Awarded Joseph Bearns Prize for Composition
  • 1933: Master of Arts, Columbia University
  • 1936-1939 (summers): Became first American to teach at Fontainebleau
  • 1943: First visit to the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire Performance of Four-Handed Fun with composer and life-long friend Lukas Foss Composed Piano Sonata no. 1
  • 1944: Composed Toccata for Orchestra
  • 1946 - 1947 : Awarded successive Guggenheim Fellowships
  • 1949 - 1982 : Periodically studied or taught solfege, analysis, and harmony at Fontainebleau
  • 1950: Composed The Divine Flame
  • 1955: Awarded Fulbright Fellowship
  • 1958: Composed The Alcestiad
  • 1962: The Alcestiad becomes the first American opera to be performed at a major European opera house
  • 1963: All the Days of My Life commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress
  • 1974: Became first woman elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters
  • 1990: Composed Infanta Marina
  • 1996, Aug. 13: Died at the Yaddo Artist Colony, Saratoga Springs, New York

From the guide to the Louise Talma Papers, 1875-1996, 1928-1994, (Music Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Aaron Copland Collection, 1841-1991, (bulk 1911-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Louise Talma papers, 1947-[ongoing]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Louise Talma papers, circa 1931-1978 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Louise Talma papers, 1875-1996 (bulk 1928-1994). Library of Congress
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. Autograph letter, signed : Schinznach-les-Bains, Switzerland, to Mrs. Ettore Montecchi, 1901 June 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976, (bulk 1924-1951) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn MacDowell Colony Records, 1869-1970, (bulk 1945-1968) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Women composers collection, ca. 1940-1980. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Atkins, Irene Kahn, 1922-. Major figures in American music [S-Z] : [oral history]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. One need not be a chamber to be haunted / [text by] Emily Dickinson ; [music by] Louise Talma, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Sibley Music Library
referencedIn E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Voices of peace / Louise Talma. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Babbitt, Irving, 1865-1933. Letters of George N. Shuster, 1928-1974. College of Charleston, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
referencedIn Juilliard School collection of autograph letters and other documents, 1793-1985. The Juilliard School, Lila Acheson Wallace Library
creatorOf Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. Autograph letter, signed : Craig-y-Nos Castle, Ystradgynlais (South Wales), to Mrs. Montecchi, 1903 Oct. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Rain song / [words by] Jean Garrigue ; [music by] Louise Talma. Library of Congress
referencedIn Correspondence concerning the 1982 exhibition, Contemporary American Composers, 1982 Jan. 30-1983 Mar. 14 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Irving Fine Collection, 1930-1993, (bulk 1950-1962) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn E. Robert Schmitz Papers, 1909-1991 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Psalm 84 : for mixed voices a cappella / by Louise Talma. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. String quartet, 1954. Library of Congress
referencedIn Thornton Wilder papers, 1892-1991, 1935-1975 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Have you heard? Do you know? : divertimento in seven scenes / words and music by Louise Talma. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Masaryková, Charlotta G. (Charlotta Garrigue), 1850-1923. Autograph letter, signed : Lány, Czechoslovakia, to Mme Esperanza Garrigue, 1922 May 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. Autograph letter, signed : Milan, to La Contessa Garrigue Montecchi, 1899 Mar. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Horns and trumpets as used in the orchestra from 1700 to 1900. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991. The John Kirkpatrick papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.). MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.) records, 1869-1970 (bulk 1945-1968). Library of Congress
creatorOf Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. Autograph letter, signed : Sanremo, Italy, to Madame Montecchi, 1898 Feb. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Wood, Thor E. Correspondence concerning the 1982 exhibition, Contemporary American Composers, 1982 Jan. 30-1983 Mar. 14. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. Autograph letter, signed : Rome, to Mrs. Montecchi, 1903 Mar. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Boulanger, Nadia. Papers, 1920-1977 (bulk). Harvard University, Loeb Music Library
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Louise Talma papers, ca. 1947-[ongoing]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Schwab, Arnold T. Arnold T. Schwab collection, 1876-1988 (bulk 1929-1955). Library of Congress
referencedIn Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. Thornton Wilder papers, 1948-1974. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Louise Talma Papers, 1875-1996, 1928-1994 Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. The leaden echo and the golden echo : a choral dialogue / Louise Talma. University of Houston, M.D. Anderson Library
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. [Selections] / Louise Talma. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Masaryková, Charlotta G. (Charlotta Garrigue), 1850-1923. Autograph letter, signed : Prague, to Mme Esperanza Garrigue, 1921 June 16-17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. Autograph letter, signed : Craig-y-Nos Castle, Ystradgynlais (South Wales), to Mrs. L. Esperanza Garrigue, 1904 Sept. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Women Composers Collection, ca. 1940-1980 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
referencedIn Jory, Margaret Fairbank. Margaret Fairbank Jory collection : [oral history], 1967. Yale University Library
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Sonata for violin and piano / Louise Talma. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. Autograph letter, signed : Craig-y-Nos Castle, Ystradgynlais (South Wales), to Mrs. Esperanza Garrigue, 1907 Apr. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Talma, Louise, 1906-1996. Passacaglia and fugue / Louise Talma. New York Public Library System, NYPL
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Boulanger, Nadia. person
associatedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 person
associatedWith E. Robert Schmitz person
associatedWith Fine, Irving, 1914-1962 person
associatedWith Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009 person
associatedWith Garrigue, Jean, 1912-1972 person
associatedWith Jory, Margaret Fairbank. person
associatedWith Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991. person
correspondedWith Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.) corporateBody
associatedWith Masaryková, Charlotta G. (Charlotta Garrigue), 1850-1923. person
associatedWith Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. person
correspondedWith Schwab, Arnold T. person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Wood, Thor E. person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Subject
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Psalms (Music)--84th psalm
Music--Manuscripts
Canons, fugues, etc. (Piano)
Songs (High voice) with piano
Passacaglias (Piano)
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with string orchestra
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with string ensemble
String quartets--Parts
Music--Manuscripts--United States
Opera--Scores
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with piano
Sonatas (Violin and piano)--Scores and parts
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts), Unaccompanied
Occupation
Composers
Function

Person

Birth 1906-10-31

Death 1996-08-13

Americans

English,

French,

German,

Italian,

Latin

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