( b Fullerton , CA , 25 Nov 1924 ; d Boone , NC , 21 April 2004 ). American composer and recorder player. She attended Occidental College , Los Angeles , from 1941 to 1944 and in 1946 moved to New York , where she became known as a recorder virtuoso and a composer, describing herself as ‘underground’. Much of the inspiration for her compositions came from her yearly summer retreats to the mountains of North Carolina, where she settled permanently in 1985; she began conducting and composing for the Springhouse Farm Choir of Valle Crucis in 1988. A strong melodic bias, ranging from plainsong-like expanses and baroque angularities to expressionist convolutions, characterizes much of her music, in which a pervasive sense of tonality, folk elements, musical quotations and startling, often humorous juxtapositions of disparate elements can also be found. Tucker’s music for recorder reflects her highly developed capacities as a performer, making use of extended ranges, quarter-tones, unusual trills, nature sounds and multiphonics. Some of these devices, especially quarter-tones, are also used in other works, for example Little Pieces for Quarter-tone Piano. In later microtonal compositions such as Vigil 1 (1985) and Vigil 2 (1989), for microtonal organ, she focussed on key-orientated explorations of intervals above and beyond the outlined major triad of the overtone series (past harmonics 4:5:6). Ave verum (1992), an evening-length piano work, is written for a conventionally tuned instrument.
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Romanza 2 for solo alto recorder (handwritten).
The Bullfinch Sonata for solo alto recorder (printed).
The Bullfinch Sonata for solo alro recorder (handwritten).
Sonata for recorder and piano (handwritten).
Ralph & Edward – Rondo for recorder and harpsichord.
Hypertonic Sonata for alto recorder solo (handwritten).
There are Different Kinds of Writing, part 1 – for recorder and narrator.
There are Different Kinds of Writing, part 2 – for 2 recorders and narrator.
Concertino – The Canary – for sopranino recorder solo
Amoroso – for alto recorder solo
Amoroso 2 - for alto recorder solo
Blue moon – for 2 alto recorders
Duo Sonata – for recorder and another woodwind instrument:
Lament for the Bird – for 4 recorders
Trio – for 3 recorders
Sonata - for recorder and piano
The Syrinx – sonata for 2 recorders
Prelude and Allegro – for 4 recorders, SATB
Quatertone Carol – for alto voice, tenor and bass recorders
First Quartertone Lullaby – for recorder trio ATB
Second Quarternote Lullaby – for recorder trio ATB
Third Quarternote Lullaby – for alto recorder, flute, clarinet
The Mockingbird – for Tenor recorder, flute
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