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date: 20 August 2019

Coleman, Ellenlocked

  • Rhian Samuel

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(b London, c1886; d London, Feb 5, 1973). English composer. She was privately educated and was composing sonatas at the age of 14; it was only in 1921 that she began to take composition lessons, studying with Collingwood. She travelled widely and formed lifelong friendships with such notable musicians as Backhaus, Chaliapin and Landowska, and mounted three concerts of her works at the Salle Pleyel-Chopin in Paris, in 1937–8, each of which was extensively reviewed; at the second, on 31 March 1938, attended by André Gide, Landowska introduced the music and Marcelle de Lacour was among the performers.

Of Coleman’s two operas, The Walled Garden, in one act, was twice broadcast by the BBC. She also wrote two masses, one of which (1928) was performed at Fribourg Cathedral; chamber music, for a variety of instruments, including a pair of ondes martenot; and over 300 songs. The work that brought her greatest acknowledgment was the Cello Sonata in A minor, which was recorded, and published in London by Augener in ...

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