Elisabeth Lutyens(1906-1983), Composer and musician; daughter of Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens
(Agnes) Elisabeth Lutyens
Sitter in 11 portraits
The daughter of the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, Elisabeth turned to music at an early age. She studied viola and composition at the Royal College of Music (1926-30), where many of her early compositions were performed. Despite periods of relative poverty and the need to work in isolation, she was a prolific and versatile composer of chamber concertos, radio and film scores and opera. She is credited with bringing the serial technique, pioneered by the Austrian Arnold Schoenberg, to British music. Among her best known works is a setting of Rimbaud's poem, O Saisons, O Châteaux (1947), for soprano and strings.
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