Augusta M. A. Holmès

Augusta M. A. HolmèsAugusta M. A. Holmès
French Composer
1847 – 1903 A.D.

Augusta Mary Anne Holmès, a French composer, born in Paris of English-Irish parents. She studied with various masters, and although a brilliant pianist, she attained distinction entirely through her compositions.

Besides over a hundred songs, and other orchestral works, characterized by much grace of expression, she wrote the well-known symphony Hero de Leandre; three other symphonies, Letece, which in 1879 won third prize in an open competition instituted by the city of Paris, Les Argonautes, and Irlande.

Her four act lyric operan Le Montagne Niore was produced at the Grand Opera in 1845.

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Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.