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Louise Talma

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  Louise Talma was born in France. She came to New York in 1914 with her mother.  She received her bachelors degree from New York University and her masters from Columbia. She also studied at Julliard and at the American Conservatory in France where she studied violin under Isadore Phillips and composition under Nadia Boulanger. Talma composed much of her work at the MacDowell Colony and left the colony a million dollars at her death. She composed more than 40 major works including four orchestral works and one opera, The Alcestiad (1955-58). Orchestral works include: Toccata for Orchestra (1944); Dialogues (piano & orchestra) (1963-64); The Tolling Bell (1967-69); and Full Circle (1985). 
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