Maria Frances Parke

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This article is about the soprano, pianist and composer born in 1772 who took the married name Beardmore . For the pianist and composer born in 1760 as Maria Hester Reynolds, see Maria Hester Park .

Maria Frances Parke (26 August 1772 – 31 July 1822) was an English soprano, pianist and composer of keyboard works.[1]


Parke was born in London. Her father was the oboist John Parke, while her uncle was the oboist and composer William Thomas Parke.[1]

She made her debut as a pianist and singer at the age of nine.[2] At ten she performed a Clementi duet with Maria Hester Park née Reynolds (1760–1813),[3] with whom she is sometimes confused.[4]

In 1815 she married John Beardmore. She died in London in 1822.[1]


Selected works include:

  • A Divertimento and Military Rondo for the Piano
  • Grand Sonata in F Major for Solo Piano
  • Grand Sonata in E-flat Major for Solo Piano
  • Grand Sonata in D Major for Solo Piano[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Baldwin, Olive; Wilson, Thelma (2001). "Maria Frances Parke". In Sadie, Stanley. New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 19. London: Macmillan. pp. 128–129. ISBN 0-333-60800-3. 
  2. ^ "EDITIONS: PIANO/PIANO FORTE". Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Baldwin, Olive; Wilson, Thelma (2004). "Park (née Reynolds), Maria Hester (1760–1813)". In Matthew, H.C.G.; Harrison, Brian. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 42. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 636–637. ISBN 0-19-861392-X. 
  4. ^ Hayes, Deborah (June 1995). "Women Composers, The "Condensed" Version: A Review of The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers". The IAWM Journal.