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Composer Marga Richter at 90

Marga Richter

October 21st, 2016 marks the 90th birthday of Carl Fischer Music composer Marga Richter. A daughter of American soprano Inez Chandler and granddaughter of German composer/conductor Richard Richter, Marga Richter was born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin in 1926. In 1943, the family moved to New York so that she could enroll at the Juilliard School where she majored in composition with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti, and studied piano with Rosalyn Tureck, receiving a Master’s Degree in 1951. While still in her twenties, a series of pieces commissioned by MGM Records brought national recognition.

Today she is living in Long Island and is still passionate for composing. Marga considers music, in her own words, as “both a compulsion and a joy.” It is a consistent passion in her life. Marga says “Every day, whether or not I actually spend time composing a new piece, revising or re-editing or resurrecting an old piece, I am thinking about doing so. It sometimes takes hours and hours to find exactly the right solution.”

Here is a video including her works “Out of Shadows and Solitude,” “Quantum Quarks of a Quick Quaint Quark,” and “Spectral Chimes: Enshrouded Hills.”