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date: 18 August 2019

Sullivan, Marion Dixlocked

  • Naomi André

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(fl 1840–50). American composer. Although little is known about her life, Marion Dix came from New England and married J.W. Sullivan of Boston in 1825. She was the first American woman composer to produce a commercial hit song, The Blue Juniata (1844). It was published in several collections and set as piano variations by Charles Grobe and Gould, and was mentioned in Mark Twain’s autobiography. Her music is in the parlour-song tradition of memorable melodies supported by diatonic harmonies, with simple chordal accompaniments. She wrote the texts as well as the melodies for most of her songs. However, some of her publications include collaborations with other composers; for example, Bible Songs (1856) was published with piano accompaniments by Benjamin Johnson Lang.

for solo voice, piano, unless otherwise stated

printed works published in Boston unless otherwise stated

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