By Ian Graham-Jones
This research of the nineteenth-century British composer Alice Mary Smith's lifestyles and tune attracts on newly stumbled on files and manuscripts. the amount additionally comprises info on 5 different ladies composers from this period. At a time whilst ladies have been concept to be triumphant in basic terms in composing drawing-room songs or light-weight piano items, Alice Mary Smith (1839-1884) wrote by way of some distance the best variety of larger-scale artwork works of any British lady composer within the 19th century. She was once 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 frequently played via unusual conductors of the time, and her 4 cantatas for choir and orchestra completed a few acceptance within the final years of her brief existence. This learn additionally in brief outlines the paintings of 5 different girls composers of her time who tried the better sorts of the paintings, and examines, from modern resources, the argument, present on the time, as to if a lady may perhaps ever compose a 'great' paintings.