Gladys Krenek

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Composer, Wife of Ernst Krenek

Gladys Krenek was married to the world-renowned composer Ernst Krenek from 1950 until his passing in 1991. Like many women married to noted artists of that era, Gladys’ own remarkable life in music has been largely overlooked. In addition to being a composer in her own right, she played trumpet in an all girls band in the 1930s. She was involved in many projects with her husband as well, including being the technical assistant when he composed electronic music using instruments such as the Buchla 200. In her later years she focused on the task of bringing her husband’s works under the roof of one publisher, Universal Music.