Smith: Symphonies

Series: 19th and Early 20th Centuries  Publisher: A-R Editions
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Alice Mary Smith

Edited by Ian Graham-Jones

N038 Smith: Symphonies
978-0-89579-550-2 Full Score (2003) 9x12, xii + 349 pp.

Performance Parts

Rental Parts (2013)
Set of 49 parts: 2222 2230 timp 88664 corrigenda

Rental Parts (2013)
Set of 49 parts: 2222 2230 timp 88664 corrigenda
Alice Mary Smith (1839–84), known primarily for some published Victorian drawing room songs and choral works, was the first known British woman to have composed and had performed a symphony, her Symphony in C Minor of 1863. A second symphony, in A minor of 1876, was prepared for a symphonic competition but not submitted. Smith composed a substantial quantity of orchestral, chamber, and choral music at a time when women were normally expected to write lightweight songs and piano pieces. These two hitherto unpublished works show that Smith’s craftsmanship of orchestration and handling of material compares well with her contemporaries. In the introduction, Graham-Jones presents much new research into her life and music, and contemporary reviews of performances of her music show that it was highly regarded during her relatively short life. Her songs were known in the U.S.A. and the introduction quotes an extensive obituary from a Boston newspaper.
Symphony in C Minor (1863)
     I. Grave; Allegro ma non troppo
    II. Allegretto amorevole
   III. Allegro ma non troppo
   IV. Allegro maestoso

Symphony in A Minor (1876)
     I. Allegro
    II. Andante
   III. Allegretto
   IV. Allegro
CB, Early Music Review, April 2008. (review of CD)
Jurgen Schaarwachter, Die Musikforschung, 57, 2004.