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date: 20 August 2019

Maddison [née Tindal], (Katherine Mary) Adelalocked

  • Sophie Fuller

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(b Dec 15, 1866; d Ealing, June 12, 1929). Irish composer. A friend and pupil of Fauré, she moved to Paris from London in the late 1890s, and gave concerts of her works and musical parties, moving in circles which included Debussy, Delius and the Princesse de Polignac. She spent several years in Germany and her large-scale opera Der Talisman was performed to enthusiastic reviews at the Leipzig Stadttheater in 1910. After returning to England during World War I, she became involved with Rutland Boughton’s Glastonbury Festivals, writing incidental music for Miles Malleson’s play Paddly Pools and a Celtic ballet The Children of Lir, which was performed at London’s Old Vic (1920). The publication of her Twelve Songs (1895) marks the appearance of Maddison’s individual voice with its careful use of dissonance and occasionally unconventional vocal lines. The texts she chose to set for her vocal works, from A.C. Swinburne to Chinese, Indian and Irish poetry in translation, mirror many fashionable turn-of-the-century concerns. Her piano quintet (...

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