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'Fête Galante: Ethel Smyth’s Neoclassical Dance-Opera' and Synopsis

Wiley, Christopher and Langfield, Valerie (2019) 'Fête Galante: Ethel Smyth’s Neoclassical Dance-Opera' and Synopsis Retrospect Opera.

Wiley, Christopher and Langfield, Valerie (2019). Fête Galante - Ethel Smyth’s Neoclassical Dance-Opera and Synopsis (post-print).pdf - Accepted version Manuscript

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Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944) was one of the leading composers of English opera of her generation. Born into a military family and growing up in Surrey, she determined to train as a composer in Continental Europe, relocating to Leipzig in 1877. Returning to her home country over a decade later, she turned her attentions to large-scale compositions, including a total of six operas: Fantasio (1892–4), Der Wald (1899–1901), The Wreckers (1902–4), The Boatswain’s Mate (1913–14), Fête Galante (1921–2), and Entente Cordiale (1923–4). Other works include her Mass in D (1891), Concerto for Violin and Horn (1927), her oratorio The Prison (1929–30), and sundry orchestral, chamber, vocal, and keyboard pieces. Increasing deafness towards the end of her life led her to develop a parallel career as a writer of memoirs, biographies, and polemical essays on the music profession.

Item Type: Other
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
Authors :
Langfield, Valerie
Date : 15 November 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Christopher Wiley
Additional Information : Liner notes for Ethel Smyth, Fête Galante and Liza Lehmann, The Happy Prince (first recordings), Charmian Bedford, Carolyn Dobbin, Felix Kemp, Simon Wallfisch, Mark Milhofer, Alessandro Fisher, Lontano Ensemble, cond. Odaline de la Martinez, Felicity Lott, Valerie Langfield. Retrospect Opera - catalogue number RO007, 2019.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2019 08:39
Last Modified : 07 Nov 2019 08:39

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