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date: 20 August 2019

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  • Sophie Fuller


(b London, 1893; d London, Nov 1, 1982). English composer. Her earliest surviving work is dated 1919, but it was not until 1924 that she entered the RCM, where she studied composition with R.O. Morris and Vaughan Williams. In 1932 she won an Octavia Travelling Scholarship to study with Egon Wellesz in Vienna. Her chamber music was regularly performed at the early Macnaghten-Lemare concerts in the 1930s and her Prelude and Fugue for orchestra (1931) was broadcast by the BBC. In spite of support from friends such as Vaughan Williams and Elisabeth Lutyens, her extreme shyness and self-criticism led to her music being seldom performed in later years. Described by Lutyens as having ‘an unconventional ear’ and characterized by the music press of the 1930s as up-to-date and intellectual, Gow wrote chamber music of great beauty and individuality. The Three Songs for tenor and string quartet (...

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S. Fuller: The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the United States (1629 - Present)