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Leginska [Liggins], Ethel (opera)

Carol Neuls-Bates

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.O005790

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(b Hull, April 13, 1886; d Los Angeles, Feb 26, 1970). American composer and conductor of English birth. A pianist of prodigious ability, she adopted the name Leginska early in her professional career and became widely known as the ‘Paderewski of woman pianists’. In the USA, where she achieved her greatest success in 1916–17, she began to compose, studying formally with Bloch in 1918. From the 1920s to the mid-30s Leginska established herself as one of the first woman conductors, directing major orchestras in Europe and America, and women’s orchestras in Boston, Chicago and New York. In 1930–31 she conducted at leading European opera houses. She composed songs, piano and chamber music, some orchestral music and two operas. The Rose and the Ring (1932) was performed in Los Angeles on 23 February 1957, while the one-act Gale, which Leginska herself conducted, was first given by the Chicago City Opera on ...

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Subjects: Opera

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