Marjorie Merryman

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Marjorie Merryman (born 1951[1]) is an American composer, author, and music educator. She is Provost and Dean of the College at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is also a member of the composition faculty. She previously taught at Boston University and Macalester College.[2]

While at BU, she was commissioned by many professional musical ensembles to write pieces ranging from small chamber works to a full opera. She has written and published pieces such as "Chinese Moon Poems", a women's choral piece based on Chinese poems about the moon. Merryman categorizes herself with other twentieth-century composers heavily influenced by Johannes Brahms—in particular, serialist composers such as those of the Second Viennese School.

In 1991, she received the Walter Hinrichsen Award, presented annually by American Academy of Arts and Letters.[3]


  • Merryman, Marjorie (1996): The Music Theory Handbook Schirmer; 1st edition 144 pp ISBN 978-0-15-502662-9. (This is a concise and methodical introduction to both tonal and atonal music analysis. The book is taught at many American music schools, including Boston University.)


  1. ^ Tawa, Nicholas E. (2001). From psalm to symphony: a history of music in New England. UPNE. ISBN 978-1-55553-491-2. 
  2. ^ Dyer, Richard (2003-02-11). "Making music from an 18th-century massacre". Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Academy Award Composer". Deseret News. 1991-05-21. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 

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