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Finding Aid for the Women Composers Collection , ca. 1940-1980
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Women Composers Collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1940-1980
    Collection number: 13
    Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: This collection consists of materials related to various women composers
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Librarian for Performing Arts Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Women Composers Collection, 13, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Paulena Carter, pianist and composer, was born in San Francisco on May 6, 1930; her career as a pianist started at age seven, and she performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at age thirteen; attended the Philadelphia Conservatory from 1939-41; studied composition with Mary Carr Moore in LA, CA. Ethel Leginska, pianist, composer and conductor, was born Ethel Liggins in Hull, England, on Apr. 13, 1886; studied at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, in Vienna, and in Berlin; was known as the "Paderewski of women pianists"; moved to the US in 1913 and began composing in 1914; studied with Bloch in 1918; retired as a pianist in 1926 to concentrate on composition and conducting; conducted major orchestras in both Europe and the US; founded the Boston Women's Symphony in 1924; moved to Los Angeles in 1940; died on Feb. 26, 1970. Louise Talma was born in Arcachon, France on Oct. 31, 1906; studied at the Institute of Musical Art in New York, with Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau, at New York University and Columbia University; taught at Hunter College in NY; received many awards and commissions, including two Guggenheim Fellowships and a Koussevitsky Foundation commission; in 1974 she became the first woman composer elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to various women composers. Includes ozalid copy of Paulena Carter's California Centennial fantasy manuscript; manuscript score of Ethel Leginska's Gale : the haunting (scene 2 only); ozalid copy of the orchestral score of Louise Talma's Tolling bell : triptych for baritone and orchestra, with a sound recording from the American Music Festival, 1970. Also includes musical works of Hilda Reis and Erin Mary McFadden, and song lyrics by Dorothy Ida Jones.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Women composers--Archival resources.
    Carter, Paulena--California Centennial fantasy.
    Leginska, Ethel, 1886-1970--Gale.
    Talma, Louise, 1906- .