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date: 25 August 2019

Brahe, May [Mary] Hannahlocked

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(b Melbourne, Nov 6, 1884; d Sydney, Aug 14, 1956). Australian composer. She studied in Melbourne with Alicia Rebottaro and Mona McBurney. The majority of her 290 published songs were composed in England, where she lived from 1912 to 1939, and published by Allans, Enoch and Boosey. Her most enduringly popular songs (and two of her three musicals) were written in collaboration with Helen Taylor, notably I Passed by Your Window (1916) and Bless This House (1927–32). She wrote under nine pseudonyms, namely Stanley Dickson (Thanks Be to God), Mervyn Banks, Donald Crichton, Alison Dodd, Stanton Douglas, Eric Faulkner, Wilbur B. Fox, Henry Lovell and George Pointer. Her discography lists some 300 performances of 52 compositions, recorded by many great performers. It is however dominated by three songs: I Passed by Your Window, Down Here, and especially Bless This House, which continues to figure prominently in world record catalogues and appears to have attained a permanent place in the repertory. Brahe also wrote two operettas for children and four piano pieces....

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Australian Dictionary of Biography (Melbourne, 1966-96)