She has contributed greatly to the repertoire of the clarinet, having written two works for solo clarinet— For an Actor.
She moved from Israel to New York at 14, as a scholarship student at the Mannes College of Music. In this regard, she was the second woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, the first being Ellen Taaffe Zwilich in 1983.In addition, she served as composer-in-residence with the Lyric Opera of Chicago from 1994 to 1997. Currently, Ran is Andrew Mac Leish Distinguished Service Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, where she has taught since 1973. Ran's works for clarinet are placed within these contexts. Chapter two contains an analysis of For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet in A while the third chapter addresses Three Scenes for Clarinet.To conclude each chapter performance considerations are addressed in order to aid future performers in the preparation of these works.