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date: 22 August 2019

Horrocks, Amy Elsielocked

  • Nigel Burton

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(b Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Feb 23, 1867; d ? Brazil, after ?1915). English composer, teacher and pianist. She entered the RAM in 1882, studying the piano with Adolph Schloesser and composition with F.W. Davenport. She won the Potter Exhibition in 1888 and the Sterndale Bennett Prize in 1889. She taught the piano in London and gave chamber concerts in the Prince’s Hall in 1891. In 1895 she was made FRAM. She eventually returned to her birthplace, Brazil.

Horrocks’s works suffer from a lack of musical substance, though her miniatures have a certain delicate charm. Her piano writing is usually derived from the style of Adolf Henselt and Anton Rubinstein; in larger works, however (such as the Cello Sonata and the Eight Variations op.11 for piano quartet), the texture is reminiscent of Brahms. She relied heavily on her rhythmic facility and was over-fond of canons. Her most successful piece is the experimental narrative ...

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