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Composer: Laura Wilson Taylor, née Barker (1819-1905) aka: Mrs. Tom Taylor
Posted by rupert stutchbury on June 3, 2014, 2:26 pm
Laura Wilso Taylor nee Barker was married to Tom Taylor the prolific Victorian playwright (and art historian, editor of Punch amongst many other things). She was at the time a most successful composer in her own right. She wrote a lot of popular music, also incidental music and songs for his plays but also for many of the Shakespeare plays put on in England at the time. In addition she wrote several volumes of serious piano and organ compositions which my family used to be in possession of.(At least six or seven that I can remember) They were unfortunately sold off by mistake at auction in 1980 and are now untraceable. Recently I found one remaining volume of her manuscripts which includes a couple of full length sonatas, some waltzes, marches and a lot of other work all dated from 1844 to 1850.I know that up until the first world war she had a page of her own in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. She is no longer listed at all and has as far as I know been entirely forgotten. Does anyone know anything about her or know her work. I believe she is an important English female composer and should be remembered as such.
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