Clarke, Rebecca

Rebecca Clarke  (1886–1979), England, United States

Composer and violist. Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and became one of the first female professional orchestra musicians. She studied composition for Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and viola for Lionel Tertis. In 1916 she moved to the U.S to continue her musical career; it was there that she composed her Sonata for viola and piano, her most frequently performed work. She wrote chamber music, songs for solo voice and piano, and choral pieces.

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