Dame Ethel SmythBorn 23 April 1858. Died 8 May 1944
Dame Ethel Smyth Biography (Wikipedia)
Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, DBE (, to rhyme with Forsyth; 22 April 1858 – 8 May 1944) was an English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement. Her compositions include songs, works for piano, chamber music, orchestral works, choral works and operas.
Smyth tended to be marginalised as a ‘woman composer’, as though her work could not be accepted as mainstream, yet when she produced more delicate compositions, they were criticised for not measuring up to the standard of her male competitors. She was the first female composer to be granted a damehood.
- The music of Ethel Smythhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lb093.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lb093.jpg2017-03-04T13:46:00.000ZKate Kennedy for Building a Library surveys the music of Dame Ethel Smyth.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04vsb4l
The music of Ethel Smyth
- Dame Ethel Smyth talks politics in 1937https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lb093.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lb093.jpg2015-02-27T12:27:00.000ZIn this archive recording of Dame Ethel Smyth, she describes meeting the Kaiser, and the struggle to get her opera Der Wald performed. From the BBC Archives, broadcast in 1937.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kygyx
Dame Ethel Smyth talks politics in 1937
- Dame Ethel Smyth rememberedhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lb093.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01lb093.jpg2015-02-27T12:23:00.000ZExtracts from a programme reminiscing about Dame Ethel Smyth, broadcast 1958. Speakers are Nevil Coghill, Victoria Sackville-West, Ethel Davidson, Avril Wood and Sir Adrian Boult.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kyf7m
Dame Ethel Smyth remembered
Dame Ethel Smyth Tracks
Past BBC Events
Winter Proms 1932–3: Prom 09
Proms 1931: Prom 29
Proms 1930: Prom 23
Proms 1929: Prom 35
Proms 1928: Prom 45
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