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British Music: Nine Great British Composers Whom Time Forgot

Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) affirmed her unstinting support for women’s suffrage in March of the Women and also brought verismo to England in her opera The Wreckers (1906). Her style owes much to German romanticism.

Constant Lambert (1905-51) was an attractive and colourful figure in English music who introduced Jazz and Stravinsky-inspired features into once very popular works like The Rio Grande for piano, orchestra and chorus (1927).

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) achieved phenomenal success with the exotic cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast (1898). Sadly, little is heard of his music now.

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