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date: 22 August 2019

Lang, Margaret Ruthvenlocked

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(b Boston, Nov 27, 1867; d Boston, May 30, 1972). American composer. She studied the piano and composition with her father, Benjamin Johnson Lang, and wrote her first works at the age of 12. She studied the violin with Louis Schmidt in Boston, continuing with Franz Drechsler and Ludwig Abel in Munich (1886–7), where she also studied counterpoint and fugue with Victor Gluth. On her return to Boston she worked on orchestration with George Chadwick. Her father continued to act as her teacher and mentor: Lang submitted for publication only those works that pleased him and, as conductor of the Cecilia and Apollo Clubs, he was regularly able to include his daughter’s works in his programmes.

The first works by Lang to receive public performance were five songs included in a Boston recital by Myron W. Whitney on 14 December 1887, which received favourable reviews from local critics. Her song ...

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The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers