Happy Birthday to female composers, Mary Ellen Childs and Hilda Dianda

Inspired by Classical Mel‘s writings on female composers, I would like to wish a very happy birthday to Mary Ellen Childs, an American composer born today in 1957 and Hilda Dianda, an Argentinian composer born in 1925.

Mary Ellen Childs (born April 13, 1957 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American composer and multimedia artist. She is known for creating both rhythmic, exuberant instrumental works and bold, kinetic compositions that integrate music, dance and theater in fresh and unexpected ways.  She has created numerous “visual percussion” pieces that embody the concept of music in motion, for her ensemble CRASH.    The Village Voice deemed Click “a newly born classic, like Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, only a thousand times more virtuosic. ”  (Kyle Gann)

Her music is chiefly for small instrumental groups, especially for percussion, string groups and solo piano, and it usually has an essential theatrical or visual dimension.  Her works have been widely performed my major ensembles, including a commission from the Kronos Quartet.


Hilda Dianda was born in Cordoba in 1925. She studied in Buenos Aires and Venice; she also worked with the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris (1958-62) and attended the Darmstadt courses. Her works are mostly for orchestra or ensemble and incorporate electronic music.

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