Chamber Music
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An enchanting disc of chamber works by one of America's pioneering women composers.

The fascinating career of composer, author, critic, and music professor Marion Eugenie Bauer developed from her initiative and steadfast determination to forge a professional life in music. Born in Walla Walla, Washington, the youngest of seven children of Jacques Bauer, a shopkeeper, and Julie Bauer, a teacher of modern languages. After her father died in 1890, the family moved to Portland, Oregon, where, according to Bauer her oldest sister, Emilie, "became literally the father of the family, working with my mother to give the younger brothers and sisters an education and every opportunity for cultural development. To her I owe the fact that I went into the serious study of music." A music critic for the Portland Oregonian as well as a composer and teacher, Emilie was able to build a career as a critic, first in Boston and then in New York. In 1898, Marion joined her sister in New York where she continued her studies with Henry Holden Huss. In 1906 she sailed for Paris where she studied with Nadia Boulanger. She continued to study both in New York and Berlin and by 1912, had established herself as a composer. At 40 she decided she still needed more training so she returned once again to Paris to study with Andre Gedalge who had taught both Ravel and Milhaud. "As a member of the American Music Guild, I had the opportunity to measure my powers and my limitations with those of my colleagues...The result was a period of study in Europe". In 1926, her sister Emilie became ill and died, so Marion moved back to New York. She was hired by New York University as an instructor of music. She remained at NYU until 1951. She also taught part time at Juilliard from 1940.
Contents:
Marion Bauer, composer
Prelude & Fugue for Flute & Piano, Op. 43
Deborah Boldin, flute, Virginia Eskin, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
Six Preludes, Op. 15 for solo piano
Virginia Eskin, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
Fantasia Quasi Una Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 18
Irina Muresanu, violin, Virginia Eskin, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
Aquarelle, Op. 39, No. 1 for solo piano
Virginia Eskin, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
A Fancy, Op. 21, No. 1 for solo piano
Virginia Eskin, piano

Marion Bauer, composer
Dance Sonata for Solo Piano, Op. 24
Virginia Eskin, piano

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