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Barkin, Elaine R(adoff)

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Barkin, Elaine R(adoff), American composer, teacher, and writer on music; b. N.Y., Dec. 15, 1932. She studied with Karol Rathaus at Queens Coll. in N.Y. (B.A., 1954), with Irving Fine at Brandéis Univ. (M.F.A., 1956), Boris Blacher at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik (1957), and Arthur Berger and Harold Shapero at Brandéis Univ. (Ph.D. in composition and theory, 1971). She taught at Queens Coll. (1964–70), Sarah Lawrence Coll. (1969–70), and the Univ. of Mich. (1970–74). In 1974 she joined the faculty of the Univ. of Calif, at Los Angeles, where she taught composition and theory until her retirement as prof. emerita in 1997. From 1963 to 1985 she was an ed. of Perspectives of New Music . With Benjamin Boretz and James K. Randall, she became proprietor of the Open Space publication series. With Lydia Hamessley, she ed. the vol. Audible Traces: Gender, Identity, and Music (Zurich, 1999). In her early compositions, Barkin utilized serial techniques but later delved into what she describes as “group interactive autonomous alternative music-making culture.” She has also pursued an active interest in Indonesian culture and the gamelan.

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