Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953)
Ruth Crawford Seeger was an American modernist composer active primarily during the 1920s and 1930s and an American folk music specialist from the late 1930s until her death. She was a prominent member of a group of American composers known as the "ultramoderns," and her music influenced later composers including Elliott Carter.
In 1929 Ruth Crawford moved to New York, having already had well-received performances in Chicago and New York, and publication of her Piano Preludes in Cowell’s New Music Edition. The same year she was named the first woman to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition. She spent 1930-31 abroad, primarily in Berlin, travelled extensively, and was received warmly and respectfully by such notables as Alban Berg, Béla Bartók, Josef Matthias Hauer, Arthur Honegger, Albert Roussel, and Nadia Boulanger.
In 1932, she married Charles Seeger. Their children, including Mike Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Barbara, Penny, and older stepson Pete Seeger, knew their mother as "Dio". Several of the children as musical artists themselves became central to the American folk revival, but they had little knowledge of their mother’s former life as a beacon of American ultramodernism.
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