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Encyclopedia > Elizabeth Maconchy

Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 - 1994) was an English composer of Irish parentage, most noted for her cycle of thirteen string quartets.


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Elizabeth Maconchy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (312 words)
Dame Elizabeth Maconchy DBE (born March 19, 1907 in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire; died November 11, 1994) was an English composer of Irish parentage, most noted for her cycle of thirteen string quartets.
On the recommendation of Vaughan Williams, Maconchy undertook further study in Prague, where her piano concerto was premiered in 1930, the same year in which Henry Wood premiered her orchestral piece The Land, and in which she married William LeFanu.
Maconchy was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1987.
BBC - BBC Four - Audio Interviews - Elizabeth Maconchy (411 words)
Elizabeth Maconchy was born in Hertfordshire and trained at the Royal College of Music, London, where one of her teachers was Ralph Vaughan Williams.
However, Maconchy did study overseas, working in Prague in 1929 with Karel Jirak, and in 1930 Jirak conducted the premiè re of her Piano Concerto with the Prague Philarmonic Orchestra.
Maconchy's mastery of music for strings is also seen in her Symphony for Double String Orchestra (1945-48) and her Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1945).
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