Colonial female composers
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About colonial female composers
The late-Victorian social calendar was filled with tea parties, recitals and choral concerts, sometimes featuring songs and musical works composed by Melbourne's talented group of female musicians.
Contemporary newspaper reports provide insights into the lost cultural world of this earlier era. Reviewed and critiqued are such occasions as the Lady Mayoress's afternoon tea recital, featuring bush songs composed by Florence Ewart; a reception for Dame Nellie Melba, with Georgette Peterson conducting the Women's Choir; and a piano performance and musical lecture by Emily Patton.
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