Newmarch, Rosa (Harriet née Jeaffreson)

views updated

Newmarch, Rosa (Harriet née Jeaffreson)

Newmarch, Rosa (Harriet née Jeaffreson), English writer on music; b. Leamington, Dec. 18, 1857; d. Worthing, April 9, 1940. Growing up in an artistic atmosphere, she entered the Hetherley School of Art to study painting, but after a time abandoned that career for literary pursuits; settled in London in 1880 as a contributor to various journals. There she married Henry Charles Newmarch in 1883. She visited Russia in 1897 and many times afterward; established contact with the foremost musicians there; her enthusiasm for Russian music, particularity that of the Russian national school of composition, was unlimited, and she publ. several books on the subject which were of importance to the appreciation of Russian music in England, though her high-pitched literary manner was sometimes maintained to the detriment of factual material.


(all publ. in London unless otherwise given): Tchaikovsky: His Life and Works (1900; 2nd ed., 1908, ed. by E. Evans); Henry J. Wood (1904); The Russian Opera (1914); A Quarter of a Century of Promenade Concerts at Queen’s Hall (1928); The Concert-goer’s Library of Descriptive Notes (6 vols., 1928–48); The Music of Czechoslovakia (Oxford, 1942); Jean Sibelius (1944).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

About this article

Newmarch, Rosa (Harriet née Jeaffreson)

Updated About content Print Article