Scope and Content
Title: Compositions of Elinor Armer ,
Date (inclusive): 1955-1995
Collection number: ARCHIVES ARMER 1
Extent: 3 oversize document boxes, 1 flat storage box
1.5 linear feet
The Music Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Elinor Armer, 1988 and Dec. 7, 1998
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be
submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.
[Identification of item], Compositions of Elinor Armer , ARCHIVES ARMER 1, The Music Library,
University of California, Berkeley.
Elinor Armer (b. Oakland, CA, 6 Oct. 1939). American composer and pianist. She studied composition at Mills College (BA 1961),
the University of California, Berkeley (1966-8) and California State University, San Francisco (MA 1972). Her teachers included
Darius Milhaud and Leon Kirchner (composition), and Alexander Libermann (piano). In 1976 she was appointed to teach at San
Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is head of the composition department. Writing with a rich harmonic vocabulary
and colorful scoring, Armer has developed an individualistic style. Her compositions are often programmatic or include text;
theatrical elements bring pieces to life. She is collaborating with the author Ursula K. Le Guin on an imaginative series
entitled Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts about an archipelago of islands each of which experiences music in an unusual manner,
for example as food, sexual attractant or geologic phenomena. [From
The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers].
Scope and Content
This collection was donated to the UC Berkeley Music Library by Elinor Armer in late 1998. The collection includes manuscripts
and printed scores of works by Elinor Armer dating from 1969 to 1990. Numerous sketches and notes relating to her compositions
are also included in this archive, as well as a handful of personal correspondence relating to her collaborations with Ursula