Papers of Santa Barbara-based composer Mildred Couper an early proponent of quarter-tone music. The collection includes musical
scores, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence (including correspondence with her Husband Richard Couper and grandfather
Thomas Ball), personal writings, financial documents, concert programs, recordings and other documents.
Mildred Couper was born in 1887 in Buenos Aires to British parents. She began her formal musical training at the age of 13
as a pianist at the Williams Conservatory in Buenos Aires. Couper graduated from the Karlsruhe Conservatory in Baden, Germany
in 1907. She also studied with piano with Moszkowski, Sgambati, and Alfred Cortot in Paris, Rome, and New York, respectively.
Couper studied art in Paris at the Grand Chaumiere and at another private art school run by Beronneau, where she met her husband,
artist Richard. The couple was married in 1910 and lived in Rome until 1915, when World War I brought them to New York. Mr.
Couper died there of influenza in 1917. Mrs. Couper taught piano at the Mannes School of Music.
10.42 linear feet
(3 document boxes, 10 oversize flat boxes, 27 audio discs)
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
The collection is open for research.