Caroline Reinagle

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Caroline Reinagle (born Caroline Orger) (1 May 1817 – 11 March 1892) was an English composer, pianist, and writer. Only a few of her works have survived.

Reinagle was born in London on 1 May 1817. Her father was Dr Thomas Orger and her mother was Mary Ann Orger who was a comic actress.[1] In the 1840s she had several of her works published and performed, including a piano trio, premiered by 1842[2] and a piano concerto, published 1842[2] and performed by her in 1843 at Hanover Square Rooms.[3]

In 1846[3] she married Alexander Robert Reinagle (1799-1877), organist at St Peter-in-the-East, Oxford, composer of the hymn tune St Peter, and son of Joseph Reinagle. She died in Tiverton, Devon, in 1892.


Her only apparently surviving compositions[3] are some songs, a tarantella in E minor and a sonata in A (the latter two works for piano). The last two have been republished by Vivace Press. Also surviving is a pair of articles in the 1862 Musical Times entitled A Few Words on Piano Playing.[4] Composed but possibly lost also were at least one piano quartet and a cello sonata in addition to the concerto and trio.


  1. ^ Patrick Waddington, ‘Reinagle , Caroline (1817–1892)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2007 accessed 14 March 2015
  2. ^ a b The Musical World at Google Books, 1842 Volume, with 14 search "hits" for Orger, including several for a publication of her piano concerto op. 2 - including a review in the May 19, 1842 issue on p. 155; and one for a performance of her trio.
  3. ^ a b c "Biography at Hemingways-Studio". Retrieved 11 July 2010. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ See e.g. OCLC 481610958.