Borroff, Edith

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Borroff, Edith

Borroff, Edith , American musicologist, composer, and writer; b. N.Y., Aug. 2, 1925. She was educated at the Oberlin (Ohio) Cons., the American Cons. of Music in Chicago (B.Mus., 1946; M.M., 1948), and the Univ. of Mich. (Ph.D., 1958, with the diss. The Instrumental Music of Jean-Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville). She taught at Milwaukee-Downer Coll. (1950–54), Hillsdale (Mich.) Coll. (1958–62), the Univ. of Wise. (1962–66), Eastern Mich. Univ. (1966–72), and the State Univ. of N.Y. at Binghamton (1973–92). In addition to her books and articles on various aspects of music, she also wrote poetry and fiction.


Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1966); The Music of the Baroque (1970); Music in Europe and the United States: A History (1971; 2nd ed., 1990); Notations and Editions (A Book in Honor of Louise Cuyler) (1974); with M. Irvin, Music in Perspective (1976); Three American Composers (1986); American Opera: A Checklist (1992); Music Melting Round: A History of Music in the United States (1995); Keep Trying!: My Life (1999).


DRAMATIC: Spring Over Brooklyn, musical (1954); Pygmalion, incidental music to Shaw’s play (1955); La Folle de Chaillot, incidental music to Giraudou’s play (1962); The Sun and the Wind, musical fable (1974–76). orch.: Concerto for Marimba and Small Orch. (1981). band:Variations (1968). chamber: 4 string quartets (n.d., 1943, 1943, 1974); Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1943); Variations for Cello and Piano (1944); Clarinet Quintet (1948); 2 cello sonatas (1949, 1993); Vorspiel über das Thema “In dulci jubilo” for 2 Flutes, 2 Horns, and Piano (1951); Sonatina Giocosa for Viola and Piano (1953; also for Violin and Piano, 1980); Horn Sonata (1955); Variations and Theme for Oboe and Piano (1956); Voices in Exile, 3 canons for Flute and Viola (1962); IONS: 14 Pieces in the Form of a Sonnet for Flute and Piano (1968); Game Pieces, suite for Woodwind Quintet (1980); Divertimento for Flute (1980); Trio for Tenor Saxophone, Piano, and Percussion (1982); Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1983); Suite for Percussion, 8 canons for 6 Players (1984); The Elements, sonata for Violin and Cello (1987); Comic Miniatures, suite for Violin and Piano (1988); Mottoes, suite for 8 Saxophones (1989); 5 Pieces for Viola and Piano (1989); 2 Pieces from the Old Rag Bag: Sad Sack and Ragamuffin for 4 Saxophones (1989); An Historical Anagram, 11 pieces for 2 Recorder Players (1991); 32 Variations in the Form of a Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1991); Rondelay for 2 Violins (1992); Sonata for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1995); Interactions, suite for 2 Oboes (1996); Theme, Variations, and Coda, quintet for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (1997); Suite for Recorder and Piano (1998); Trio for Viola, Horn, and Piano (1999). keyboard: piano: Suite (1949); 2 Rags (1952, 1972); Sonata on English Folk Tunes for Piano, 4-Hands (1978); Fantasy for 2 Pianos (1985); Variations on a Trill (1985); International Suite (1994). harpsichord:(2) Figures of Speech (1987, 1990). organ:Passacaglia (1946); 3 Chorale Preludes (1948, 1949, 1982); Organ Prelude in Dorian (1950); Variations on Two American Tunes (1982); An American Olio, or, General Ruckus for 2 Players at 1 Console (1983); DIPTYCH (1985); Honors for His Name: A Celebration of Praises (1985); Wings of Love, sonata (1989); Meditation and Toccata (1989); Aria (1993). vocal: choral:3 Madrigals for Women’s Voices (1951); Missa Patrinae Rerum Domini for Chorus (1961; also for Soprano and Organ); Psalm of Praise (1972); The Poet for Women’s Voices and Piano (1973); Choral Trilogy (1986); Light in Dark Places: Slavery and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America (1988); A Joyful Noise for Chorus, Soloists, Piano, and 3 Trumpets (1992). songs: Many, including: 7 Early Songs (1947–50); Modern Love, 7 songs after Keats and Shelley (1979); Food and Gladness, 7 songs (1986); A House of Love, 5 songs (1986); Changeling for Soprano, Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano (1990); 5 Whitman Songs for Tenor and Piano (1990); Trilogy, 3 songs for Baritone, Horn, and Piano (1998).


J. Regier, The Organ Compositions of E. B.: An Introduction (diss., Univ. of Okla., 1993).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire