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Rebecca Thacher Clarke was a pioneering female musician and composer of the early twentieth century. Her father, Joseph Clarke (an American living in England), was a cruel domestic tyrant whose abusive behavior was a major influence in his daughter's life. All four Clarke children learned to play instruments expressly to perform chamber music on demand for thier father. This became Rebecca's introduction to music, which she augmented by copying scores out by hand, increasing her... Read more

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