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 Margaret Ruthven Lang

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Margaret Ruthven Lang

  • Birth Nov 1867 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 1972
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 52443445

Margaret Ruthven Lang (November 27, 1867 – May 29, 1972) was an American composer, affiliated with the Second New England School. Lang was also first woman composer to have a composition performed by a major American symphony orchestra.

Never married.



Information from: Who's Who of American Women, 1962

Lang, Margaret Ruthven: Composer; born at Boston, Nov. 27, 1867, the daughter of Benjamin Johnson Lang and Frances Morse (Burrage) Lang. She began writing music when 12 years old; studied pianoforte under her father, violin under Louis Schmidt, Boston, 1886-87, under Drechsler and Abel, Munich; also studied composition with Victor Gluth, Munich; studied orchestration, 1887, under G. W Chadwick and E.A. MacDowell. Compoter of pianoforte solos, songs, choruses and orchestral works, of which her Dramatic Overture (op. 12) has been performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and her overture Witichis (op. 10) performed several times at Chicago, under leadership of Theodore Thomas; Heavenly Noel, a Christmas cantata, and many choral works in general performance. Home: 2 Brimmer St., Boston, Mass.

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  • Created by: Athanatos
  • Added: 16 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52443445
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Ruthven Lang (Nov 1867–1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52443445, ; Maintained by Athanatos (contributor 46907585) Unknown.