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Jeanne Behrend

Jeanne Behrend earned praise both for her work as a composer and for her studies of South American music. Behrend won Columbia University’s Joseph Bearns Prize in 1936 for her work and debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1937 with one of her own compositions for piano, continuing to perform as a soloist with major orchestras throughout her career. While she stopped composing in the 1940s when her work failed to receive the recognition she hoped for, she found a new passion when a concert tour of South America led her to study and popularize South American music. She founded the Philadelphia Festival of Western Hemisphere Music in 1959 and was awarded the Southern Cross by the Brazilian government in 1965 for her work with Brazilian music. She taught piano and American music at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard, Temple University, and a number of other institutions, and edited collections of early American choral music and the works of composers Stephen Foster and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

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Jeanne Behrend
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Jeanne Behrend.
Courtesy of the Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Date of Birth
May 11, 1911
Place of Birth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death
March 20, 1988

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jeanne Behrend." (Viewed on January 17, 2018) <>.


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