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Dame Ethel Mary Smyth (; 22 April 1858 – 8 May 1944) was an English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement. Her compositions include songs, works for piano, chamber music, orchestral works, choral works and operas.

Smyth tended to be marginalised as a ‘woman composer’, as though her work could not be accepted as mainstream. Yet when she produced more delicate compositions, they were criticised for not measuring up to the standard of her male competitors. Nevertheless, she was granted a damehood, the first female composer to be so honoured.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1996Concerto For Violin, Horn & Orchestra / SerenadeDame Ethel Smyth; Sophie Langdon, Richard Watkins, BBC Philharmonic, Odaline de la Martinez1
1997Mass in DEthel Smyth; Philharmonia Chor Stuttgart, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Helmut Wolf1
2010British Women ComposersSmyth, Maconchy, Poldowski, Tate, Barns; Clare Howick, Sophia Rahman2
2013Den Männern ebenbürtigLouise Farrenc, Ethel Smyth, Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Lili Boulanger; Thomas Albertus Irnberger, Barbara Moser1
2019Tasmin Little Plays Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth, Amy BeachClara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth, Amy Beach; Tasmin Little, John Lenehan1
2019Mass In D / Overture To 'The Wreckers'Dame Ethel Smyth; Susanna Hurrell, Catriona Morison, Ben Johnson, Duncan Rock, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Sakari Oramo1
2020The PrisonDame Ethel Smyth; Sarah Brailey, Dashon Burton, Experiential Orchestra And Chorus, James Blachly1
2021British Music for Strings IIIEthel Smyth, Susan Spain-Dunk, Constance Warren, Ruth Gipps; Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Douglas Bostock1
2022Delius . Smyth: String QuartetsDelius; Smyth; Villiers Quartet1

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