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PRESENT-DAY WOMEN COMPOSERS 321
First Extra," written at the age of sixteen, and published by Robert Cocks.
Among more recent albums of songs which have followed the Four Indian Love Lyrics are On Jhelum River, A Lover in Damascus, The Pagoda of Flowers, Aziza (three Oriental songs), and a set of Five Little Japanese Songs; while of her separate songs the most recent is " White Sentinels," the words of which are by Major John Fraser, who is responsible for the lyrics of most of this composer's later Indian songs. The words of A Lover in Damascus were written by Charles Hanson Towne.
Many people are unaware that Dorothy Forster, the composer of " Rose in the Bud," first won success as a solo pianist. It was in this capacity that she toured for two years with George Grossmith, at the termination of which she gave up playing in public in order to devote more time to composition.
Actually her first published song was " When I think on the happy days," which was originally published by Cary and Co. and afterwards republished at Chappell's. Mr. William Boosey, of the latter firm, induced her to seriously woo public favour with her songs, and selected her " Rose in the Bud " as the first venture. How happy a selection that was is now a matter of