Anglo-Irish composer Elizabeth Maconchy may be one of the most underrated string composers the British Isles have ever produced. Coming from a non-musical family, she demonstrated compositional skills early in life. A adult bout with tuberculosis and the enforced isolation provided opportunity for her to develop an individual voice. Aside from strings, she wrote operas, vocal works, and various instrumental and orchestral pieces.
Maconchy's daughter Nicola LeFanu followed in her mother's compositional footsteps.
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List of noted works, brief biography, and internal links to related and contrasting composers.
Elizabeth Maconchy: British Composer 1907-1987
Detailed and laudatory biography spanning her entire life and career, written from a warm and personal perspective by David C.F. Wright, PhD.
Our Finest Lost Composer: Elizabeth Maconchy
Article from The Independent by Martin Anderson lauding The Ambache for bringing her works to attention and encouraging a greater appreciation for her from the general public.
Women of Note: Manconchy
Biographical sketch and comments on several of her works performed by Ambache. Includes WMA audio sample and links.
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