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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 Steps Out

The Lady Composer Steps Out

First Professional Engagements (1946–52)

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(p.115) Chapter Four The Lady Composer Steps Out
Source:
Madeleine Dring
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Wanda Brister

Jay Rosenblatt

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781949979312.003.0006

Dring’s early career is traced through her commissions for BBC radio and television broadcasts, of which the most significant is The Fair Queen of Wu, a ballet for singers and chamber ensemble with choreography by Felicity Gray. During these years, her first publications appeared, with an emphasis on piano music (for solo piano and two pianos) and her Three Shakespeare Songs. Dring’s music was also performed in recitals, including her recently published piano works and a selection of her songs (published and unpublished). The most favorable reviews are found for her Festival Scherzo (“Nights in the Gardens of Battersea”), written to commemorate the Festival of Britain. Also discussed is her one-act opera, Cupboard Love, the music written for the Christmas plays produced by Angela Bull’s Cygnet Company, and her first performance as a singer at the RCM’s Union “At Home.” A fine example of Dring’s cabaret style is found in the discussion and analysis of her song, “The Lady Composer.” In her personal life, the chapter documents her marriage to Roger Lord, his career as a musician (principal oboe in the London Symphony Orchestra for thirty-three years), and the birth of her son, Jeremy.

Keywords:   Angela Bull, The Cygnet Company, Felicity Gray, Festival of Britain, “The Lady Composer”, London Symphony Orchestra, RCM Union “At Home”, Roger Lord

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