High Country Loses Artist, Composer

By Jay Brown

Tui St. George Tucker, the great American composer, died Wednesday morning, April 21st. For those of us who knew her, the date marked the end of an era.

Born in California in 1924, Tui was named after a species of bird native to New Zealand , where her mother was born. In 1946 she moved to New York , where she became renowned as a composer, conductor, and virtuoso of the recorder.

Tui pioneered a unique style of composition often referred to as “microtonal.” Her works frequently used quartertones, that is, the tones in between the notes of a piano keyboard. To achieve this end, Tui composed on two pianos—one of which would have been tuned down a quartertone.



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