Ruth Crawford


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(b East Liverpool, Ohio, 1901; d Chevy Chase, Md., 1953).

Amer. composer. Taught at Sch. of Mus. Arts, Jacksonville, Fla., 1918–21. At Amer. Cons., Chicago, 1920–9 as student and teacher. Studied comp. NY 1929 with Charles Seeger, whom she married. Transcr. several thousand Amer. folk‐songs from recordings in Library of Congress and wrote pf. acc. for over 300. Her comps., atonal and often dissonant, anticipated many avant‐garde procedures. They incl. 9 pf. preludes (1924–8), vn. sonata (1927), str. qt. (1931), some songs, and other works.

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