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date: 22 September 2019

Boyle, Ina [Selina]locked

  • Sarah M. Burn

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[Selina]

(b Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, March 8, 1889; d Enniskerry, March 10, 1967). Irish composer. As well as studying the violin and the cello, she took composition lessons with George Hewson and Charles Kitson in Dublin and, by correspondence, with her cousin Charles Wood. In 1920 her Soldiers at Peace was performed with great success and The Magic Harp received a Carnegie Award. The latter was published and performed in London, as were some partsongs and some orchestral and choral works. In 1928 she studied in London with Vaughan Williams; she continued to have occasional lessons with him until the late 1930s.

Although Vaughan Williams's influence can be heard in Boyle's music, her own musical personality, predominantly serious but with moments of wit and passion, is always evident. She drew her inspiration usually from poetry, and her particular affinity with Edith Sitwell's work is demonstrated in two of her finest works, ...

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