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Marion Eugénie Bauer

A modernist composer who experimented with dissonance, serialism, and complex harmonies, Marion Eugénie Bauer also made strides for women through her musical scholarship that revived interest in female composers. Bauer studied music both in New York and Europe before joining the faculty of NYU in 1926, where she taught composition and music history until 1951. She also began teaching at Juilliard in 1940 and lectured widely on music. Bauer mixed cutting-edge experimentation in tonality with a healthy respect for tradition. Her compositions were alternately hailed and criticized for their complexity and modernist qualities. At the same time, she edited the journal Musical Leader and published several books on music’s past and present for both musicians and general readers, such as her 1933 Twentieth Century Music. Her writing often highlighted women composers ignored by fellow historians and music critics. She helped found the American Music Guild, the Society of American Women Composers, and the American Composers Alliance, among many other organizations.

Marion Bauer, 1922
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Marion Bauer in 1922.
Date of Birth
August 16, 1882
Place of Birth
Walla Walla, Washington
Date of Death
August 9, 1955

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Marion Eugénie Bauer." (Viewed on January 24, 2018) <>.


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