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Ethel Smyth

Born: 1858

Died: 1944

Nationality: British

Publisher: Novello & Co

Dame Ethel Mary Smyth attained prominence as one of the most accomplished female composers in a male dominated environment, and as one of the main representatives of the suffragette movement. Educated at the Leipzig Conservatory from 1887, she met and was encouraged many of the most significant composers of the day, including Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Clara Schummann and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

In 1890 Smyth returned to England, making her debut as a composer of orchestral music with a Serenade in D at the Crystal Palace Concerts, while her Mass in D (1893) brought her wide public recognition. Smyth went on to write six operas between 1892 and 1924, performed at leading houses including Weimar, Leipzig, Covent Garden and The Met. Smyth was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1922, becoming the first female composer to be awarded a damehood.
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