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PRESENT-DAY WOMEN COMPOSERS 311
" Gloria in Excelsis" from Haydn's 12th Mass. Meanwhile her sister was quietly heating the poker in the fire, and, at the end of the pianoforte solo, proceeded to apply it to the tip of the player's nose. Since then the 12th Mass "Gloria" has held unpleasant associations.
Florence Aylward began song-writing when about twelve years old. These early efforts never saw print, but the applause of the villagers (who hardly knew one note from another) when they were sung at the local concerts was very gratifying to the young composer. Her first "real " song, as she calls it, was "Daydawn," which she sent to Messrs. Boosey, asking what the cost of having a hundred copies printed would be. To her astonishment, they wrote back offering to publish the song and to pay her five guineas for it, at the same time asking to see any others she had written. "I owe every thing," she said once, " to the unfailing help and encouragement of my friend and publisher, Mr. William Boosey " ; and when the latter went to Chappell's her songs were, and have continued to be, published by that firm. It was by Mr. Boosey's advice that she went to the Guildhall School of Music and studied orchestration under Henry Gadsby.
"Beloved, it is morn" is undoubtedly the most successful of all Florence Aylward's songs. Curiously enough, it had a narrow escape of never