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Elizabeth Wood

(b Christchurch, New Zealand, Jan 15, 1892; d Sydney, Oct 18, 1965). Australian educationist, composer and pianist. He was a pupil of Tobias Matthay and Frederick Corder at the RAM, where he won many awards both as pianist and composer, including the Thalberg Scholarship and Chappell Gold Medal. He was made an Associate in 1913 and a Fellow in 1930. After a recital tour of Britain and the USA he returned to Australia in 1915 and was appointed professor of piano at the NSW State Conservatorium. He was well known for his educational music programmes for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and with his colleague Lindley Evans gave many piano duo recitals. For his services to Australian music education he was awarded an OBE in 1962. Probably his lasting contributions are over 60 piano pieces designed for educational purposes. Within a traditional tonal idiom, these are Impressionist miniatures exploring a wide variety of keyboard techniques....


Greta Mary Hair

(b Adelaide, Jan 15, 1913; d Jan 11, 2005). Australian pianist and composer. Her mother was a professional pianist and her first teacher. At the age of 12 she won a scholarship to enter the Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide, where she studied piano with William Silver and graduated with the MusBac in 1931. An Elder Scholarship enabled her to study in London at the RCM (1932–5), where her teachers were Howard Hadley (piano), and R.O. Morris and Gordon Jacob (composition), and where she won three composition prizes and achieved both the ARCM (composition and piano) and the LRAM (piano). While studying she wrote two piano concertos, which she performed with the LPO and the LSO. Hyde returned to Adelaide in 1936, South Australia's centenary year, during which the Adelaide Overture (conducted by Sargent) and incidental music for the South Australia Centenary Pageant, ‘Heritage’, were performed. She taught at Kambala school, Sydney, married Marcus Edwards and returned to Adelaide in ...


Rhian Davies

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(b Sydney, May 29, 1881; d Beaucourt-sur-Ancre, Nov 13, 1916). Australian composer and pianist. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School (1891–2), Eton College (1893–9) and Balliol College, Oxford (Nettleship Scholar, 1900–03). There he took an active part in the Balliol Concerts, and indulged his lifelong passions, rowing and music. Three times winner of Henley's Diamond Sculls and a member of the victorious England crew at the 1908 Olympic Regatta, he was an Edwardian sporting legend. Athletic achievement and private means always cast the seriousness of Kelly's musical career into doubt despite studies with Ernst Engesser and Iwan Knorr at the Hoch Konservatorium, Frankfurt (1903–8), and promising solo appearances. He travelled widely, and in 1911 he played in Sydney, making his London début the following year. As chairman of the Classical Concert Society (1912–14), Kelly turned towards chamber music, performing with Tovey, Jelly d'Arányi and Casals. He joined the Royal Naval Division in ...


(b Naples, 1717 (?); d Naples, after July 28, 1778). Italian harpsichordist, composer, and maestro di cappella. Son of Giuseppe D’Alessandro, Gennaro studied with Leonardo Leo, according to tenor Anton Raaff. Fétis’ statement that D’Alessandro was born in 1717 is unsourced. On August 21, 1739 he was hired as maestro di coro at Venice’s Ospedale della Pietà, a position he retained until May 13, 1740. He was the first in a distinguished cohort of Neapolitan choirmasters who served at the Pietà during the 18th century, following a local trend started in 1726 by Nicola Porpora at the Ospedale degli Incurabili.

Of the sacred music D’Alessandro composed for the Pietà only incomplete vocal partbooks of a Miserere and a Missa brevis survive in the Fondo Correr of the Conservatorio ‘Benedetto Marcello’ in Venice, bearing the names of the soprano (Michielina) and the alto (Placida) among the figlie di coro...