Dorothy Parke

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Dorothy Parke

Dorothy Parke (29 July 1904 – 5 February 1990) was a composer from Northern Ireland, noted for children's works.

She was born in County Londonderry, Ireland, and studied piano with Ambrose Coviello and composition with Paul Corder at the Royal Academy of Music in London (LRAM, 1929). After completing her studies, she settled in Belfast and married Douglas Brown, a musician and teacher. Between 1930 and 1960 Parke taught music in Belfast and worked as a composer. Among her pupils were Norma Burrowes and Derek Bell. See: List of music students by teacher: N to Q#Dorothy Parke. She died in Portrush, County Antrim.[1][2]


Parke composed songs and piano solos, choral and vocal music. Selected works include:

  • St. Columba's Poem on Derry, solo song
  • A Song of Good Courage, solo song
  • The House and The Road, solo song
  • The Road to Ballydare, solo song
  • To The Sailors, solo song
  • Like A Snowy Field (1951) choral miniature
  • Wynkyn, Blynkyn and Nod (1949) choral miniature[3]


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Dorothy Parke". Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  3. ^ "THE DISTAFF SIDE: SOME IRISH WOMEN COMPOSERS". Retrieved 27 November 2010.