Marian Arkwright

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Marian Arkwright (1863–1922) was an English composer.


Marian Arkwright was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and received a doctorate in music at Durham University.[1] After completing her studies, she worked as an orchestra musician and composer and conducted orchestras including the Newbury Amateur Orchestral Union. She received a prize from The Gentlewoman for an original orchestral work The Winds of the World.[2]


Arkwright was noted for unusual instrument combinations. Selected works include:

  • Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon
  • Trio for piano, oboe and horn
  • Trio for pianoforte, oboe and viola
  • Scherzo and Variations for piano, clarinet and bassoon
  • Rêveries for piano, oboe and viola

She published three volumes of violin and piano duets and two Concert Pieces for viola and piano.[3] She took an interest in folk music and her Japanese Symphony contained airs that she had noted down herself.[1]


  1. ^ a b Lucy Broadwood, Obituary Marian Ursula Arkwright, Journal of the Folk-Song-Society. Vol. 7, Nr. 26, December 1922, p. 27
  2. ^ The Monthly musical record, 36, 1906, retrieved 11 November 2010 
  3. ^ "Marian Arkwright, Bluebell Kean, Margaret Meredith and Ethel Barns: Chamber Works". Originally published in The Music Student Chamber music supplement July 1914 pp.97-8. Retrieved 10 October 2010.