Emma Lou Diemer -
'... some undoubted aptitude ...'
Born in Kansas City in 1927, Emma Lou Diemer had graduated from the Eastman School and Yale by 1950, with Hindemith among her theory teachers there, and on scholarships to Belgium and later to Tanglewood was able to draw on the expertise of Jean Absil, Roger Sessions and Ernst Krenek. After a PhD in 1960 she went on to teach composition at the University of Maryland and in 1971 joined the composition faculty of the University of California in Santa Barbara.
The three substantial compositions on this recording include an ebullient and rhythmically lively Santa Barbara Overture, dating from 1996 and incorporating in homage to the city its mix of 'Mexican, Spanish and Native American music as well as echoes of pentatonic jazz'...
Copyright © 6 October 2013