Dika Newlin

Dika Newlin ( born November 22, 1923 in Portland, Oregon; † July 22, 2006 in Richmond, Virginia) was an American composer, musicologist and pedagogue -.

The early gifted Newlin graduated from high school at the age of twelve years, attained the age of sixteen the degree of a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and eighteen to one master at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her dissertation she put twenty-two year ago at Columbia University. At the age of eleven, she composed the symphonic piece Cradle Song, which was performed three years later by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Bakaleinikoff.

At the University of California she was a student of Arnold Schoenberg. About her work with him, she kept a diary, which she in 1980 as a book entitled Schoenberg Remembered: Diaries and Recollections published ( 1938-76 ). Other teachers were the composer Roger Sessions, the pianist Artur Schnabel and Rudolf Serkin and the musicologist Paul Henry Lang.

Your dissertation Bruckner, Mahler, Schoenberg (1945 ) was the first musicological dissertation at Columbia University and one of the first, which appeared on a living composer. It was published as a book in 1947 and 1968. In addition, they also translated Schoenberg's collection of essays, style and imagination as well as some German and French books about the composer into English.

From 1945 to 1949 taught at Western Maryland College Newlin, from then until 1951. Syracuse University until 1965 at Drew University until 1973 at the North Texas State University and finally to 2004 at the Virginia Commonwealth University Your classes they always put Schoenberg's works based on harmony and Kontraopunkt. Her students included, inter alia, the composer Roger Hannay and Michael Bates and the musicologist Theodore Albrecht.

Mid-1980s, Newlin, stimulated stepped on by her students, as a punk rock singer with alternative rock bands like Apocowlypso. You sang rock standards and original songs according to their own social and socio-critical texts in which they combined elements of, punk, jazz and classical music. You made ​​several albums, including Ageless Icon: The Greatest Hits of Dika Newlin and was as leather -clad punk rocker subject of Michael D. Moore's documentary Dika: Murder City won, the awards at film festivals in Orlando and Chicago.

In her own compositions Newlin followed up in the 1940s in classic forms and harmonies. Then the serialism gained influence, and since the 1960s she worked with electronic music, computer composition, group improvisation and minimalist music. She composed, inter alia, three operas, a chamber symphony, a piano concerto, chamber music, vocal music and multimedia works. As a concert pianist, she played compositions among others by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern.


  • The Arts: Fine Art, Contemporary Art & Music - Dika Newlin
  • NewMusicBox: Dika Newlin (1923-2006): A Remembrance
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica - Dika Newlin
  • Dika Newlin at the Internet Movie Database (English)
  • American composer
  • Musicologist
  • Music teacher
  • Born in 1923
  • Died in 2006
  • Woman