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date: 22 August 2019

Troup, (Emily) Josephinelocked

  • Nigel Burton

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(d 1912). English composer. Little is known of her life: Brown and Stratton refer to her simply as a ‘composer of [the] present time’, while Wier vouches for the date of her death. The former also imply that, during her lifetime, her songs were her best-known compositions, especially Spring Showers, On a Faded Violet and Portuguese Love Song. Troup’s music is of excellent quality, and its style hints strongly at a thorough German (or Germanic) training: there is little of Felix Mendelssohn about it, but it displays the influence of Weber (in particular) and lesser masters such as Adolf Henselt and Anton Rubinstein. Yet the basic idiom is unquestionably English, and the Kleines Wiegenlied (1909) for violin and piano demonstrates an engaging use of uncloying secondary 7ths that is all her own. Of her solo and choral songs, the finest are for children: she possessed a unique ability to conceive bright, airy music with the freshness of a childlike imagination. Today she is deservedly remembered for her setting of H.W. Longfellow’s Christmas hymn, ...

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