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Ethel Smyth (Composer)

Born: 22nd April 1858, Sidcup, UK

Died: 8th May 1944, Woking, UK

Nationality: English

Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, DBE was an English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement. Her compositions include songs, works for piano, chamber music, orchestral works, choral works and operas.

Smyth tended to be marginalised as a ‘woman composer’, as though her work could not be accepted as mainstream. Yet when she produced more delicate compositions, they were criticised for not measuring up to the standard of her male competitors. Nevertheless, she was granted a damehood, the first female composer to be so honoured.

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 Recording of the Week, Ethel Smyth's Mass in D from Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a magnificent performance of Dame Ethel Smyth's Mass in D and overture to The Wreckers.

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