August 16, birthday of Dora Bright

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

Dora Estella Bright, married name Knatchbull, (1862 – 1951) was the first woman to receive the Charles Lucas Medal in 1888 (for her musical composition, Air and Variations for String Quartet).  She toured as a pianist until the early 20th century when she devoted most of her time to composing.  In the 1940s, the began writing for the journal Musical Opinion, which had previously reviewed her works quite favorably.  Many of her works have not survived.


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