Mary Wurm

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Mary Wurm
Mary Wurm
Mary Josephine Agnes Würm

18 May 1860
DiedJanuary 21, 1938(1938-01-21) (aged 77)
RelativesAdela Verne (sister)
Alice Verne-Bredt (sister)
Mathilde Verne (sister)
John Vallier (nephew)

Mary J. A. Wurm (her surname was originally Würm) (18 May 1860 in Southampton – 21 January 1938 in Munich) was an English pianist and composer.[1]

Life and career[edit]

She was born as Mary Josephine Agnes Würm in England, the sister of Alice Verne-Bredt, Mathilde Verne, and Adela Verne. She lived in Stuttgart as a child, but later returned to London. She studied piano with Clara Schumann and composition with Charles Villiers Stanford. Wurm became a noted pianist, and in 1898 founded and conducted a women's orchestra in Berlin.[2][3] Her nephew was John Vallier.

In 1914, Verne published a Practical Preschool collection to be used as teaching material at Elisabeth Caland in Hannover.[4]


Selected works include:

  • Mag auch heiss das Scheiden brennen
  • Christkindleins Wiegenlied aus des Knaben Wunderhorn (Text: Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • Wiegenlied im Sommer (Text: Robert Reinick)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "composers biography : W - Wz". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Timelines in Music History". Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  3. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Mary Wurm (1860–1938)". Schumann Pportal. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.