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Howe, Mary

Dorothy Indenbaum and Carol J. Oja

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Richmond, VA, April 4, 1882; d Washington, DC, Sept 14, 1964). American composer and pianist. Her early musical and piano training was under the private tutelage of Herminie Seron. In 1904 she briefly studied the piano with Richard Burmeister in Dresden; subsequently she became a pupil of Ernest Hutcheson and Harold Randolph at the Peabody Conservatory, and studied composition there with Gustav Strube. At the age of 40, married and the mother of three children, she took the diploma in composition at the Peabody Conservatory (1922). In 1933, having already amassed a considerable output, she studied for a short period with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

During her early mature years, Howe gave solo recitals and appeared as accompanist in the Washington area. Her first professional performances were as a duo-pianist with Anne Hull (1920–35). With her husband and others she helped found the National SO and served on the board of directors. She was also a founder, with Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge and others, of the Chamber Music Society of Washington (from ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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