1863 - 1951
Dora Estella Bright , born in Sheffield, England, was a professional pianist, a music critic, and a composer of concert works and ballets. Particularly successful in the late 19th century with large-scale orchestral works, she is now largely forgotten and most of her manuscripts do not appear to have survived. At the age of 17, she began to study piano and composition at London's Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded most of the Academy's important prizes. Bright's Piano Concerto in A minor was premiered at a Royal Academy concert in 1888. Other compositions include songs, piano pieces, a string quartet and a ConcertstŸck in C-sharp minor for piano and orchestra. She wrote many sets of variations, including several for two pianos. The earliest of these was the Theme and Variations in F-sharp minor (1886), which was followed by Variations on a Theme of Purcell's for Two Pianofortes (1887). The most frequently performed of Bright's two-piano variations, and the only one to appear in print, was her Variations on an Original Theme of Sir G. A. Macfarren's.