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date: 20 August 2019

Browne (Garrett), Augustalocked

  • Judith Tick

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(b Dublin, 1820; d Washington DC, Jan 11, 1882). Irish-American composer and writer on music. Her family had moved to the USA by 1830, and during the 1840s and 50s she was organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York. She was described as a ‘professor of music’ on her compositions published in New York and Boston between 1842 and 1855. One of the most prolific women composers in the USA before 1870, she wrote mainly drawing-room songs and salon piano pieces; Moore, in one of the few published acknowledgments of an American woman composer before 1900, attributes ‘over 200’ compositions to her and describes her as ‘a composer of note’. Her songs are often in modified ABA form; the best known include The Chieftain’s Halls (1844) and The Warlike Dead in Mexico (1848). She made use of English and Irish musical sources (for example, John Braham’s ...

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