Filed under: composers, women's history month. Tagged as: Marion Bauer, Nadia Boulanger, Virginia Eskin.
Marion Bauer (1882-1955) was born in Walla Walla, Washington to immigrant French Jewish parents. She studied piano from a young age, later refining her talent in piano and composition at the Paris Conservatory. While in France she was the first American student of Nadia Boulanger, who taught her in exchange for English lessons. When she returned to the United States she became a professor at New York University. She was an advocate for new music, including extensive scholarship, and co-founded The American Music Center.
More information about Bauer can be found through the Jewish Music WebCenter, the New Music Box website, or through the personal website of Virginia Eskin, pianist, who has recorded several of Bauer’s works.
Below is her Concertino op. 32b: