Welcome to my gallery of photos and documents about Peggy Glanville-Hicks. My biography of Glanville-Hicks (University of Illinois Press, 2019) traces the remarkable life of a woman who became a well-known American composer and critic. Born in Melbourne in 1912, she studied with Ralph Vaughan Williams from 1933–36, with Egon Wellesz in Vienna in 1936 and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in 1937. She emigrated to the United States in 1941, becoming a critic for the New York Herald Tribune from 1947–55, the administrator and sometime director of the Composers’ Forum for most of the decade of the 1950s, and the composer of chamber works and concertos successfully performed in Manhattan. She emigrated again, to Greece, in 1960, where her opera Nausicaa was performed at the Athens Festival in 1961. Her final opera, Sappho, was completed in 1963, and two ballets followed, but surgery for a brain tumor in 1966 effectively ended her career as a composer. She remained in Greece until 1975, when she returned to Australia. She died in Sydney in 1990.
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