Rebecca Clarke was a British American composer and violist of the Classical era. She was renowned for her chamber music featuring the viola. The compositions of Rebecca Clarke typically include in some way the viola. Her Viola Sonata secured a solid spot in a new viola repertoire despite earlier neglect. She is one of the most important British composers between World War I and II. Coolidge sponsored a rhapsody for cello and piano in 1923, rendering Clarke the first female beneficiary of Coolidge's patronage. Clarke's compositional career reached its pinnacle with these three pieces.
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