GLORIA COATES (b 1938 )
A native of Wisconsin, Gloria Coates studied with Alexander Tcherepnin, and with Otto Luening and Jack Beeson at Columbia. Since 1969 she has lived principally in Europe, where she has continued to champion American music. Her work includes 11 symphonies, varied chamber music, and solo, vocal and electronic compositions.
Gloria Coates has written a number of string quartets, often finding a place for her favourite device of glissando, a marked feature of an early student attempt at the genre, to which she later returned. Her love of indistinct textures is combined with canons, palindromes and simple structures, all providing an element of symmetry.
Gloria Coates has been remarkably prolific in her composition of symphonies since her first in 1973, with its explanatory title Music on Open Strings. Symphony No. 14 draws on earlier American sources and makes use of quarter-tones, while Symphony No. 15 has the subtitle ‘Homage to Mozart’.