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date: 20 October 2019

Ellicott, Rosalind Franceslocked

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(b Cambridge, Nov 14, 1857; d London, April 5, 1924). English composer. She was educated privately apart from two years at the RAM (1874–76) studying the piano. Her earliest surviving songs and chamber music were published and performed in the early 1880s; she then studied composition with Thomas Wingham for seven years from 1885. She was a member of the International Society of Musicians and the National Society of Professional Musicians, as well as an ARAM. Although she was sometimes criticized for heavy scoring, Ellicott achieved a considerable number of performances of large-scale orchestral works. Her first success was the Dramatic Overture, given at the Gloucester Festival in 1886 and repeated over the next few years in Bristol, Cheltenham, London and Chicago. Her cantata Elysium (1889), a lyrical work with imaginative use of percussion, was also first performed at Gloucester, as was her cantata ...

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