- Additional Authors
- American Music Collection.
- 18.5 linear ft. (22 boxes)
- Musical sketches.
- Additional Formats (note)
- are also available on microfilm;
- Biography (note)
- Miriam Gideon (1906-1996) was a prolific American composer who was strongly interested in bridging literature and music.
- Language (note)
- Some of the material in the writings series is in French.
- Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
- Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
- Call Number
- JPB 04-13
Gideon, Miriam, 1906-1996.
Miriam Gideon papers, 1905-1992.
The Miriam Gideon papers consist of 18.5 linear feet of material dating from 1905 to 1992. The bulk of the papers date from 1930 to 1990 and consist primarily of published and unpublished scores, parts and sketches documenting Gideon's early compositional efforts and her mature work in progress. They also include a detailed collection of concert programs and clippings which document the performances of her work; a set of text and music notebooks used in Gideon's school studies, as well as papers she wrote for her degrees; a small amount of correspondence and personal journals; and several of the awards and commendations she received during her life.
- Additional Formats
Box 13, folder 9-10; Box 14, folder 1-2; Box 21, folder 6, 8, are also available on microfilm; service copy number: *ZB-4292.
Miriam Gideon (1906-1996) was a prolific American composer who was strongly interested in bridging literature and music. In a varied career, she produced many musical settings and song cycles for poems, Jewish liturgical music and other orchestral pieces. Gideon first studied piano as a child. She graduated from Boston University in 1926 with a Bachelors degree in French and mathematics, after which she studied composition privately with Lazare Saminsky (1931?1934) and Roger Sessions (1935?1943). Gideon later received a Masters degree in literature from Columbia University (1946), as well as a doctorate in sacred music from the Jewish Theological Seminary (1981). During her career she taught composition at Brooklyn College, City College, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Manhattan School of Music. Gideon was a proponent of new music and she helped to form the American Composers Orchestra in 1977. From the 1970s onward she was often cited as a role model for young female composers, though she admitted later that she had never thought of herself as a woman composer before that time. Gideon's husband was the author/scholar Frederick Ewen.
Some of the material in the writings series is in French.
Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
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American Music Collection.
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