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date: 16 October 2019

Woodforde-Finden [née Ward], Amy [Amelia ]locked

  • Andrew Lamb

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[Amelia ]

(b Valparaiso, Chile, 1860; d London, March 13, 1919). British composer . She was one of nine children of an American serving as British Consul in Valparaiso; on his death her mother took the surviving children to London. She began composing at an early age and was a pupil of Carl Schloesser and Amy Horrocks. Under the name Amy Ward she wrote some early songs which received little notice. In 1894 she married Woodforde-Finden of the Indian Army and for some years lived in India; when her Four Indian Love Lyrics (from Laurence Hope’s The Garden of Kama) were published privately in 1902, their success, particularly that of the Kashmiri Song (‘Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar’), gained her a regular publisher and a faithful public. She followed these songs with A Lover in Damascus (Charles Hanson Towne; 1904), On Jhelum River (Frederick John Fraser; 1905...

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