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Madeleine DringLady Composer$
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Wanda Brister and Jay Rosenblatt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979312

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979312.001.0001

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The Lady Composer Learns Her Craft

The Lady Composer Learns Her Craft

The Royal College of Music (1941–45)

Chapter Three The Lady Composer Learns Her Craft
Madeleine Dring

Wanda Brister

Jay Rosenblatt

Liverpool University Press

The period of Dring’s life as a full-time student at the Royal College of Music overlapped with the concluding years of World War II. The director of the RCM, George Dyson, decided to keep the school open, and Dring’s diaries provide a picture of her life during the first years of the war. Principal teachers included W.H. Reed in violin, Lilian Gaskell in piano, Topliss Green in voice, and Margaret Rubel in “dramatic.” Dring continued to be active as a performer, earning her ARCM certificate in piano, and she performed in many plays and scenes as part of the dramatic class. She also had the opportunity to produce, direct, and write the music for The Emperor and the Nightingale, the annual Christmas play for the Junior Department. Her most important instructor was Herbert Howells in composition, with whom she studied for her entire four years as a full-time student, and she also took occasional lessons with Ralph Vaughan Williams. Her musical style is discussed through an examination of “Under the Greenwood Tree,” the first of her Three Shakespeare Songs, written and first performed during these years.

Keywords:   ARCM, Angela Bull, George Dyson, Herbert Howells, W.H. Reed, Margaret Rubel, RCM, Royal College of Music, Ralph Vaughan Williams, World War II

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