Mary Jeanne van Appledorn

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Mary Jeanne van Appledorn (October 2, 1927 in Holland, Michigan – December 12, 2014 in Lubbock, Texas) was an American composer of contemporary classical music and pianist.

She studied with Bernard Rogers and Alan Hovhaness at the Eastman School of Music. She received her Ph.D. in music theory from Eastman in 1966. She served on the music faculty of Texas Tech University from 1950 until 2008.

She composed numerous works for various instrumental combinations and also composed computer music. Her works are generally tonal, although she also used the twelve-tone technique, and she frequently utilized string piano techniques in her piano music. Her music has been recorded by the Opus One and Golden Crest labels, and her scores are published by numerous publishers.

Her surname is Dutch (from the town of Apeldoorn, though in Americanized spelling); her great-grandparents emigrated to the United States from the Netherlands. She visited Apeldoorn in 1982.

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