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date: 17 August 2019

Korn [née Gerlach], Clara Annalocked

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(b Berlin, Jan 30, 1866; d New York, July 14, 1940). American pianist, composer and teacher of German birth. She went to the USA at the age of three, and later studied with William G. Vogt. After a brief career as a concert pianist she received a letter from Tchaikovsky, who had seen some of her compositions in manuscript while visiting New York. He urged her to devote her time to composing, and in late 1891 she won a scholarship to the National Conservatory in New York, where she studied with Dvořák, Horatio Parker and Bruno Klein. From 1893 until 1898 she taught theory at the conservatory. She was a founder of the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Women's Philharmonic Society and the Manuscript Society of New York. In 1899 she settled in Brooklyn, where she taught the piano privately.

Korn wrote for several music journals. She spoke out regarding the difficulty women faced in obtaining orchestral performances, and encouraged women composers not to isolate themselves or retreat to club work. Her compositions are varied and numerous including an opera, ...

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