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’s output was not large, her work was recognized for its compositional skill and artistic power. Some of her works have yet to be published (and many were only recently been published); those that were published in her lifetime 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.
Clarke was an English classical composer and violist best known for her chamber music featuring the viola.
Composer: Rebecca Clarke
Date of Birth: 26 August 1886
Date of Death: 13 October 1979
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