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Topic: forgotten English female composer Laura Barker composition in her early twenties  (Read 401 times)

Offline ruperts

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I have been collecting the works of this interesting Victorian female composer for a couple of years and am intrigued as to why she is now in total obscurity. She played the violin for Paganini at the age of 12 and was considered a remarkable talent. She was subsequently given on loan a Stradivarius violin as a young girl which her husband playwright and art critic Tom Taylor many years later bought for her off the owners and it is still known under his name not hers. Basically she was a middle class wife and social convention forbade her to be anything other than a multi talented amateur and as such underrated by the modern art world. At the time she was thought of as a brilliant phenomenon and her services as a musician were much sought after in Leeds then later in London. I would love some young concert pianist to take an interest in her. I have downloaded one of her early works that I have in my possession and have many other interesting pieces.

Offline lelle

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Interesting. I would like to look at the sheet music, do you have it?

Offline ruperts

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Yes I do and would be happy to share  it with you if you wouldn't mind telling me a little more about yourself and what your intentions would be for it. I am a new member and am not sure how I could send it to you without necessarily sharing it at this point with the whole world! Here is another short piece of hers that might equally be of interest. It was one of her early successes and one that she dedicated to her piano teacher the pianist and composer Philip Cipriani Potter
 

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