Miriam Gideon Centennial: 2006
The year 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of composer Miriam Gideon's birth and the tenth anniversary of her death. Although she composed in many media, she is best known for her vocal music which shows a highly refined artistry with a total affinity for the texts she selected.
Gideon's The Resounding Lyre, a twelve-minute work for high voice and seven instruments, is a setting of three poems widely spaced in time: "Mutterbildnis" (text by her husband, Frederic Ewen), "Wähebug und Nichtenvint" (by the medieval poet Suezkint von Trimperg), and "Hallelujah" (Heinrich Heine). Art of the States radio program has distributed a performance of The Resounding Lyre to 50 countries, and it is also available online in streaming audio at:
The Resounding Lyre (and several other Gideon compositions) is published by Mobart Music Publications and distributed in the U.S. by Jerona Music Corporation.