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date: 17 August 2019

Essex, Margaretlocked

  • Jane Girdham

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(bap. London, July 30, 1775; d after 1807). English composer. She came from a musical family: her father Timothy Essex was probably a musician and her brother Timothy Essex (?1765–1847) became a composer and teacher. Active in London between 1795 and 1807, she published and copyrighted 13 compositions at her own expense. Her dedications, all to women, indicate that she was a teacher of singing and the piano or harp; she may have been a governess. She seems to have retired to domestic life after her marriage on 2 January 1807 to John Campbell. Her compositions are all designed for domestic music-making, and her editions take account of the amateur skills of her performers. Her music is conventionally Classical in style, with restrained but gracefully ornamented melodies, diatonic harmony enlivened by appoggiaturas, and simple, mainly strophic forms.

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