Amacher, Maryanne

Amacher, Maryanne,

1938–2009, American avant-garde composer, b. Kane, Pa. She studied composition with Georg Rochberg at the Univ. of Pennsylvania (B.F.A., 1964), and privately with Karlheinz StockhausenStockhausen, Karlheinz
, 1928–2007, German composer, music theorist, and teacher; his first name also appears as Karl Heinz. He studied composition with Frank Martin in Cologne (1950–51) and with Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud in Paris (1951–53).
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. Amacher held residencies at several universities, including Bard College (2000–2009). Working (1974–80) with the dancer Merce CunninghamCunningham, Merce
(Mercier Philip Cunningham), 1919–2009, American modern dancer and choreographer, b. Centralia, Wash. Cunningham studied modern dance with Martha Graham and ballet at Balanchine's School of American Ballet.
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, she composed music for Torse (1976) and other works. Amacher collaborated (1975–84) with the composer John CageCage, John,
1912–92, American composer, b. Los Angeles. A leading figure in the musical avant-garde from the late 1930s, he attended Pomona College and later studied with Arnold Schoenberg, Adolph Weiss, and Henry Cowell.
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 on numerous projects, including a storm sequence for his multimedia Lecture on the Weather (1975). Her other works include City-Links #1–#22 (begun 1967), Music for Sound-Joined Rooms (begun 1980), Mini-Sound Series (begun 1985), and Petra (1991). Many of her works were site-specific installations designed to produce psychoacoustic effects involving both psychological responses and physiological impact.