Rebecca Clarke

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Rebecca Clarke (27 August 1886 – 13 October 1979) was an English classical composer and violist best known for her chamber music featuring the viola. She was born in Harrow and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London, later becoming one of the first female professional orchestral players. Stranded in the United States at the outbreak of World War II, she settled permanently in New York City and married composer and pianist James Friskin in 1944. Clarke died at her home in New York at the age of 93.

Although Clarke wrote little, due in part to her ideas about the role of a female composer, her work was recognised for its compositional skill. Most of her works have yet to be published (or have only recently been published), and were largely forgotten after she stopped composing. Scholarship and interest in her compositions revived in 1976. The Rebecca Clarke Society was established in 2000 to promote the study and performance of her music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Piano Trios Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Rebecca Clarke; Clementi-Trio 1 1
1997 Chantal Masson-Bourque, viola and Mariko Sato, piano Clarke, Landry, Gougeon, Rubinstein; Chantal Masson-Bourque, Mariko Sato 1
1998 Midsummer Moon Rebecca Clarke 1
2000 Piano Trios Rebecca Clarke, Charles Ives; The Bekova Sisters 1
2000 The Cloths of Heaven: Songs and Chamber Works Rebecca Clarke; Patricia Wright, Jonathan Rees, Kathron Sturrock 1
2001 Works for Viola and Piano Rebecca Clarke; Daniela Kohnen, Holger Blüder 1
2002 A Portrait of the Viola Rebecca Clarke, Janetta Gould, Freda Swain, Pamela Harrison; Helen Callus, Robert McDonald 1
2006 Works for Cello and Piano by Women Composers Henriëtte Bosmans, Louise Farrenc, Rebecca Clarke; Iris van Eck, Arielle Vernède 1
2016 Trios From Our Homelands Rebecca Clarke, Arno Babajanian, Frank Martin; Lincoln Trio 1
Music for Viola Rebecca Clarke; Patricia McCarty, Martha Babcock, Peter Hadcock, Virginia Eskin 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Piano Quintet / Piano Trio / Viola Sonata Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke; Martin Roscoe, Endellion Quartet 1

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