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Euphrosyne Keefer: Biography

Euphrosyne Keefer
1919 - 2003
Region: British Columbia

Euphrosyne Keefer

EUPHROSYNE KEEFER was born on June 9, 1919 in Eastbourne, Sussex, England. Keefer majored in composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and in addition, gained experience playing viola with the orchestra. She studied composition under Alan Bush for four years and also worked with Norman Demuth and Herbert Merrill.

Anticipating a career in singing, Keefer was awarded a scholarship for study with Frederic Austin, and was accepted as a soloist with Sadlers Wells Opera. However, she married a Canadian mining engineer and raised a family in the Canadian north. From 1963-1977 Keefer composed and taught piano and theory in Toronto.

Among early influences were Bartók, Hindemith and Stravinsky. Keefer also had great admiration for the lean, nordic scoring of Sibelius. She employed a modified version of tone-row technique in earlier works, but in later works has achieved a more melodic style of linear writing with emphasis on the flute. Song cycles are predominant, but Keefer has also composed choral works, and several collections of student pieces for the keyboard.



Euphrosyne Keefer passed away on January 23, 2003


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