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Dorothea Austin

Dorothea Austin Banner (1921[1] – 25 June 2011) was an Austrian-born American pianist and composer who specialized in electronic and computer generated music.[2][3]


Austin was born Dorothea Blaukopf into a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria. As a child, she was a concert pianist. She fled to England during World War II and immigrated to the United States in 1949.[1]

She studied piano at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (with Tobias Matthay) in London, and composition with Leo Kraft, George Perle at Queens College (CUNY) in New York City.

Austin was a professor at Queensborough Community College for nearly forty years.[1] She was a member of the New York Women Composers Association. An example of her composition is Transformation for viola, piano and tape (1973).

Selected works

  • Transformation for viola, piano and tape (1973)
  • Fantasia for piano and orchestra (1984)
  • Syndetos for piano (1984)
  • Analogy for viola, cello and piano (1985)
  • Metamorphosis for cello and piano (1986)
  • Reflections I
  • Reflections II for high voice, flute (piccolo), oboe (English horn), clarinet, horn and bassoon; words by Stephen Crane



External links

  • Dorothea Austin Banner obituary with photograph

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