Ethel Smyth

Ethel Smyth

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, DBE (23 April 1858 - 8 May 1944) was an English composer and a leader of the women's suffrage movement. Smyth was born in Woking, Surrey. J H Smyth, her father, was a Major-General in the Royal Artillery. She was one of eight siblings. Her family was opposed to her making a career in music. She studied with Alexander Ewing when she was seventeen and took an interest in Wagner and Berlioz. After a major battle with her family about it, she was allowed to study music in Leipzig, with Carl Reinecke, amongst others, and then, after leaving the conservatoire, privately with Heinrich von Herzogenberg. While at the conservatory she met some important composers including Dvo k, Grieg and Tchaikovsky, but she considered the tuition substandard and left after a year. Through Herzogenberg she met Clara Schumann and Brahms. Later she wrote her Mass in D in 1891 (in spite of being an atheist), which is very much in the style of Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. She also wrote some German songs in his style and the Seven Short Chorale Preludes.
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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 204g
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136655365
  • 9786136655369