Maude Valérie White
1855 - 1937
Maude ValŽrie White was born to English parents in Dieppe, France. After a cosmopolitan childhood spent in England, France and Germany, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, publishing her first songs the year she enrolled. Three years later she was the first woman awarded the Mendelssohn scholarship in composition. She later studied in Vienna. An inveterate traveler, she visited Russia, North Africa and countries throughout Europe, and included echoes of their folk music in her music. Her songs, the only genre in which she worked, received positive reviews, were popular with audiences throughout her lifetime, and were sung by the best known singers of the day. For further information, see "Women Composers: Music Through the Ages," volume 7 and HPC #02038.