Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991

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Eileen Joyce (1908-1991) was a renowned Australian concert pianist, resident in England for most of her life. Born in Zeehan, Tasmania, Australia, Eileen and her family had moved to Boulder City on the Eastern Goldfields by 1909, where she commenced her piano education at her local convent school. With local support and encouragement by visiting pianists such as Wilhelm Backhaus and Percy Grainger, she completed her education in Perth in 1926, studied in Germany (1927-1930), and settled in England to make her professional debut in September 1930. Joyce was a popular concert pianist and harpsichordist, and a prolific recording artist, from 1930 to 1960, touring the world, including two tours to Australia in 1936 and 1948. She married stock-broker Douglas Legh Barrett in 1937, with whom she had a son John (born in 1939). Douglas Barrett was killed in action in World War 2 in 1942. In 1945, Joyce commenced a long-term relationship with film industry agent Christopher Mann, who also managed her business affairs. Joyce retired from regular public performances in 1960, but continued to play occasionally until her last performance in 1981. Christopher Mann died in 1978. Joyce was awarded three honorary doctorates of music (University of Cambridge in 1971, University of Western Australia in 1979, and University of Melbourne in 1982). In 1981 she was appointed a Companion of St. Michael and St. George (CMG). Joyce made significant endowments to the University of Western Australia relating to music education and performance. Eileen Joyce died on 25 March 1991, in Surrey, England and her ashes were interred at St. Peter's Anglican Church, Limpsfield, Kent.

From the description of Papers of Eileen Joyce, 1920-1989. 1920-1989. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 271578021

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creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Suitcase belonging to Eileen Joyce [realia]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Suitcase belonging to Eileen Joyce [realia]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Concert shoes belonging to Eileen Joyce [realia]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Engagement diary of Eileen Joyce, 1947 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. South America, Sept. - October 1952, 1952. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Speech given by Eileen Joyce at the Arts Theatre Club, Soho, London, May 1959 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Sandals belonging to Eileen Joyce [realia]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Todd, Richard, 1919-. Draft script for BBC radio documentary 'The Eileen Joyce story', 1960 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Wyneken, Hans. An Australian pianist [manuscript] : Eileen Joyce with the B.P.O. : Die Welt, 18 Dec. 47. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Papers of Eileen Joyce, 1920-1989. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Suitcase belonging to Eileen Joyce [realia]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Teichmul̈ler, Robert, 1863-1939. Letter regarding Eileen Joyce from Professor Robert Teichmuller to Albert Coates, Leipzig, Germany, 25 March 1930 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Parker, 1952, 1952. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Mann, Christopher, 1903-1978. Letter from Christopher Mann to Colin Wintle, 30 August 1954 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Write-ups, April, 1952-53 [sic], 1951-1952. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Mann, Christopher, 1903-1978. Letter from Christopher Mann to John Andrewes, Boosey & Hawkes Limited, 29 August 1957 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Eileen Joyce [manuscript] : Tagesspiegel, 23 Dec 47. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Suitcase belonging to Eileen Joyce [realia]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Speech for the opening of the Studio. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Letter opener belonging to Eileen Joyce [realia]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn A virtuoso in the grand manner [manuscript] : Eileen Joyce plays Rachmaninov : Berliner Zeitung, 20 Dec. 47. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Record of films [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Wintle, Colin. Letter from Colin Wintle, Press Officer, City of Bath to Christopher Mann, 5 August 1954 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Eileen Joyce [manuscript] : repertoire of concertos. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Essay on a concert pianist's life [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Teichmul̈ler, Robert, 1863-1939. Translated letter regarding Eileen Joyce from Professor Robert Teichmuller to Albert Coates, Leipzig, Germany, 25 March 1930 [manuscript] / [translated by Eileen Joyce]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Andrewes, John. Letter from John Andrewes, Boosey & Hawkes Limited, to Christopher Mann, 11 September 1957 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Honorary degree citation : Eileen Joyce. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Foreign: Berlin, Italy, Holland, 1947 to 1951, 1952, 1947-1952. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Andrewes, John. Letter from John Andrewes, Boosey & Hawkes Limited, to Christopher Mann, 27 August 1957 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Caption to photo [about Eileen Joyce's visit to Berlin and her artistry, December 1947] [manuscript] : Der Abend, 19 Dec. 47. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Joyce, Eileen, 1908-1991. Speech prepared for the Percy Grainger Centenary, University of Melbourne, July 1982 [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
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associatedWith Eileen Joyce Studio. corporateBody
associatedWith Grainger, Percy, 1882-1961 person
correspondedWith Mann, Christopher, 1903-1978 person
associatedWith Teichmul̈ler, Robert, 1863-1939. person
associatedWith University of Melbourne. Faculty of Music. Percy Grainger Centenary. corporateBody
associatedWith William Johnson & Sons (London) corporateBody
associatedWith Wintle, Colin. person
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Birth 1908-11-21

Death 1991-03-25

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