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Nordoff, Paul (1909-1977), composer and music therapist  

Ruth C. Friedberg

Nordoff, Paul (04 June 1909–18 January 1977), composer and music therapist, was born Paul Norman Hof Bookmyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Paul Hof Bookmyer, a printer, and Katherine Huntington, a pianist. Also prominent in his childhood was a grandmother from upstate Pennsylvania who helped raise him and who often recited poetry to him at bedtime. Paul’s early musical instruction was with private local piano teachers. At the age of fourteen he entered the Philadelphia Conservatory, where he studied for four years with Hendrik Ezerman and thereafter with ...