Personalities | (Dame) Ethel Smyth | Late Romantic | Classical

British composer

A determined and talented composer, Smyth studied in Germany and returned to England in the 1890s to well-received performances of her orchestral works and her dynamic Mass in D (1891). Although she wrote compelling songs and chamber music, her main musical attention was devoted to six operas, the most successful of which was The Wreckers (1902–04), a powerful tragedy in which two lovers defy their close-knit Cornish community. In this work Smyth’s musical language moved away from a rich Germanic Romanticism towards the sparer clarity of her later works, such as her inventive Double Concerto for violin and horn (1926).

Recommended Recording:
Concerto for Violin, Horn & Orchestra, Serenade in D, Sophie Langdon, Richard Watkins, BBC PO (cond) Odaline de la Martinez (Chandos)

Introduction | Late Romantic | Classical
Personalities | (Sir) Charles Villiers Stanford | Late Romantic | Classical


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