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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 at the End

The Lady Composer at the End

The Last Ten Years (1967–77)

(p.205) Chapter Six The Lady Composer at the End
Madeleine Dring

Wanda Brister

Jay Rosenblatt

Liverpool University Press

The letters sent to American composer and pianist Eugene Hemmer allow Dring to speak in her own voice for the first time since the early diaries, documents that allow a glimpse into her musical as well as her personal life. There is a brief discussion of The Florida International Music Festival, which featured the US premiere of her most popular instrumental composition, the Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano, a work which provides a splendid example of her later musical style. Other works that are discussed include The Real Princess, a ballet written for Mari Bicknell’s Cambridge Ballet Workshop, and four song cycles: Dedications, Love and Time, Five Betjeman Songs, and Four Night Songs. Also documented are the first professional recordings of her compositions and the spiritual journey she undertook in her last years, the latter illustrated by talks that she gave at the Centre for Spiritual and Psychological Studies. Finally, her sudden death from a brain aneurysm is related through letters of Roger Lord and other documents, followed by her memorial service and concerts in her honor at the RCM.

Keywords:   Michael Armstrong, Mari Bicknell, Cambridge Ballet Workshop, Centre for Spiritual and Psychological Studies, Dring’s death and funeral, Eugene Hemmer, The Florida International Music Festival, Roger Lord

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