Ursula Mamlok, 1923-2016

Ursula Mamlok13 May 2016

Ursula Mamlok was born 1923 in Berlin. She began her musical studies at an early age with Gustav Ernest, professor at the Humboldt University. Persecuted by the Nazis she had to leave Berlin in February 1939 going to Guayaquil/Ecuador with her parents. Not being able to continue her studies in Ecuador she sent the manuscripts of her numerous compositions to conservatories in U. S. The Mannes School of Music gave her a full scholarship, and in 1940, at the age of 17, she left without her parents for New York. At Mannes her teacher was the conductor George Szell. Ursula Mamlok married Dwight Mamlok in 1947, and she returned to school in 1955 to obtain her Bachelor and Master of Music with Vittorio Giannini at the Manhattan School of Music. An earlier scholarship in 1944 at the music institute of Black Mountain College gave her the opportunity to work with Ernst Krenek and Eduard Steuermann, which started her desire to change her to style from less complex, tonal music to complex, non-tonal sounds. Her study of twelve-tone music afforded her to employ Arnold Schönberg's system, which she modified to suit her own work.

Her later studies with Roger Sessions, Jerzy Fitelberg, Stefan Wolpe, and Ralph Shapey proved to be a major influence in her musical development from 1960 on. Ursula Mamlok taught composition at New York University, Temple University, City University and over 40 years composition at the Manhattan School of Music. Her work list encompasses over 60 works: for orchestra, chamber music, vocal music, compositions for solo instruments as well as music for children. Her works are published by C.F. Peters New York, McGinnis and Marx, Theodore Presser and Furore. From 2006 and until her death, Ursula Mamlok lived in Berlin.

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Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra (1776/2003)
2012 performance by League of Composers-ISCM

John Duffy, 1926-2015  

John Duffy22 December 2015

It is with great sadness that Tania León, Amy Roberts Frawley, our Boards and the entire Composers Now family acknowledge the passing of our composer colleague and dear friend John Duffy early this morning, December 22, 2015. A tireless advocate for living composers, his voice will be greatly missed.

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, 7:30 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute, Composers Now will pay tribute to John Duffy, posthumously awarding him the 2016 Composers Now Visionary Award honoring his legacy as a composer, mentor, role model, Founder of Meet The Composer and The John Duffy Composers Institute. The ceremony will take place as part of the opening event of the 2016 Composers Now Festival. Read this excellent tribute to John Duffy on New Music Box.