Smyth, Ethel, 1858-1944

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Birth 1858-04-22
Death 1944-05-08

Biographical notes:

Composer, author, and feminist.

From the description of Letters, 1908-1934, bulk 1933-1934. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 36312849

English composer.

From the description of Letters and scrapbook. 1877-1939 (bulk) [microform]. (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702690852

From the description of Autograph letter signed, from E.M. Smyth to Mr. Kroll, Frimhurst, Farnboro Station, Hants., 1893 March 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122384578

From the description of Letters and scrapbook. 1877-1939 (bulk). (Yale University). WorldCat record id: 702162747

Epithet: DBE, composer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000496.0x00010c

English composer, writer, and suffragist.

From the description of Ethel Smyth collection, 1910-1962. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 68804796

Originally published 1929; edited from the condensed score, 1938.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Two interlinked French folk-melodies : for small orchestra / Ethel Smyth ; [ed. by Arthur Cohn]. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 54802372

Dame Ethel Mary Smyth (1858-1944) was a music composer, author, and feminist. Born in Sidcup, England, she showed early musical talent and waged a successful battle with her father for permission to study at the Conservatorium in Leipzig. She composed numerous works including chamber music, oratorios, and operas. A number of her compositions were performed in concert in England as well as in Germany. She was the first woman to compose music in the largest forms of opera, oratorio and concerto, making an important breakthrough for women in the field of music. Smyth's interest in women's rights in the music world drew her into the larger movement for women's suffrage. She became a militant suffragette and feminist, served a term in prison and became a close friend of Emmeline Pankhurst. Her literary works include several autobiographies.

From the description of Ethel Mary Smyth Letters, 1894-1937. (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 613658664

From the description of Ethel Mary Smyth Letters [microform], 1894-1937. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 747990730


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