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date: 20 August 2019

Temple, Hope [Davies, Alice Maud, (‘Dotie)]locked

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[Davies, Alice Maud, (‘Dotie’)

(b Dublin, Dec 27, 1859; d Folkestone, May 10, 1938). English composer. After private education in Ireland, she came to England at the age of 12 where she studied piano with John Francis Barnett and harmony and counterpoint with Edouard Silas. An early waltz for military band was performed by the 24th regiment while it was stationed at Dover. At the age of 17, abandoning hopes of becoming a pianist after injuries to her left arm, she embarked, with the encouragement of Isidore de Lara, on a career as a songwriter, publishing her work under the pseudonym Hope Temple. In the early 1890s she studied in Paris with André Wormser and André Messager. She is credited with assisting Messager in the composition of his operetta Mirette, produced in London in 1894, and became his second wife in 1895. An avid sportswoman, she also became known as a society hostess at the turn of the century....

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