Elizabeth Philp

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Elizabeth Philp, from an 1880 publication

Elizabeth Philp (1827 – 26 November 1885) was an English singer, music educator and composer.

Philp was born in Falmouth, Cornwall, the eldest daughter of geographer James Philp. She was a protegee of Charlotte Cushman,[1] and studied harmony with German composer Ferdinand Hiller at Cologne.[2] She published a collection How to Sing an English Ballad[3] including sixty songs.[4] In London she was a neighbor and friend of Catherine Hogarth, and part of a community of musicians and writers there.[5]

Philp died in London[6] in 1885, aged 58 years, from liver disease.[1]


Philp composed songs and song cycles. Selected works include:

  • Alone (Text: James Russell Lowell)
  • Good night, beloved (Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • Inclusion (Text: Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
  • Insufficiency (Text: Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
  • O moonlight deep and tender (in Six Songs) (Text: James Russell Lowell)
  • Serenade (in Six Songs) (Text: James Russell Lowell)
  • Sweetest eyes (Text: Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
  • Tell me, the summer stars (Text: Edwin Arnold)
  • The sea hath its pearls (Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow after Heinrich Heine)
  • The violets of spring (Text: Elizabeth Philp after Heinrich Heine)
  • When all the world is young (Text: Charles Kingsley)


  1. ^ a b E. H. T. "The Late Elizabeth Philp" The Musical Standard (Reeves & Turner 1885): 351.
  2. ^ "Music and Musicians in England" Harper's New Monthly Magazine 60(1880): 301.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Philp, How to Sing an English Ballad (Tinsley Bros. 1869).
  4. ^ "Composers Biography". Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Lilian Nayder, The Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth (Cornell University Press 2012): 301. ISBN 9780801465062
  6. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 28 November 2010.