By Ian Graham-Jones

This examine of the nineteenth-century British composer Alice Mary Smith's lifestyles and song attracts on newly came upon files and manuscripts. the amount additionally contains info on 5 different girls composers from this period. At a time while ladies have been suggestion to be triumphant merely in composing drawing-room songs or light-weight piano items, Alice Mary Smith (1839-1884) wrote through a ways the best variety of larger-scale paintings works of any British lady composer within the 19th century. She used to be most likely the 1st girl to have written - and had played - a symphony, composed in 1863 on the age of twenty-four. of her six live performance overtures have been usually played by means of exclusive conductors of the time, and her 4 cantatas for choir and orchestra accomplished a few attractiveness within the final years of her brief lifestyles. This research additionally in short outlines the paintings of 5 different girls composers of her time who tried the better varieties of the artwork, and examines, from modern assets, the argument, present on the time, to whether a girl might ever compose a 'great' paintings.

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