Much-honoured American composer Louise Talma was born at Arcachon in France on 31 October 1906. She grew up in New York City and studied at the Institute of Musical Arts, New York University and Columbia University. She also studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and piano with Isidor Philipp. Once called 'the female Stravinsky', Talma's early music was sparse and neo-Classical-sounding, and later she added serialism to her compositional mix. Finally she gave up on serialism, creating a new sort of tonality.
Louise Talma died on 13 August 1996 in Saratoga Springs, New York, aged nearly ninety, leaving more than forty major works.