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Collins, Laura Sedgwicklocked

  • Pamela Fox

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(b Poughkeepsie, NY, c1859; d New York, 1927). American composer, actress and singer. She received early instruction from her mother and later studied with W.H.B. Matthews, H.W. Madeaus Beale, Oscar Coon and Carl Bergstein. She graduated from the Lyceum School of Acting in New York, and was apparently the first American woman to study with Dvořák; he praised her compositions as ‘real American music – creative, not imitative’. She wrote the words for many of her songs, which were widely performed by the baritone David Bispham and others. She composed several patriotic songs for special groups, including the Daughters of the Revolution of the Empire State and the National Peace Federation Convention. Her other compositions include more than 200 melodies for children, German folksong arrangements, incidental music for several plays, an operetta, a cantata and chamber works. On the New York stage she presented a one-woman show, ...

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