Scope and Content
Title: Women Composers Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1940-1980
Collection number: 13
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
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.
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[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,
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
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- .