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John Foulds (1880-1939) & Maude McCarthy (1882-1967)

John Herbert Foulds (November 2, 1880 – April 25, 1939), was a British composer of classical music from England.

in 1915 he married:

Maud MacCarthy (4 July 1882–1967), an Irish-born violinist, singer, writer, poet, esoteric teacher and authority on Indian music.

photo right of Foulds, no picture found for McCarthy

MacCarthy was born in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. She studied the violin at the Royal College of Music, London as a pupil of Arbós and as a child performed in standard concertos at Crystal Palace and Queen's Hall; she also toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In 1905 she was forced to give up her ambitions as a concert soloist by the onset of neuritis and went to India as a companion of Annie Besant [President of the Theosophis and an outspoken proponent of vegetarianism], where she studied Indian music, collecting manuscripts and instruments, learned Indian singing and also studied Indian mysticism.

Foulds was a successful composer of light music and theatre scores, Perhaps the best known was the music for the first production of [the prominent vegetarian] George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan (Foulds conducted a Suite from it at the Queen's Hall Proms in 1925). However his principal creative energies went into more ambitious and exploratory works, often coloured by his interest in the music of the East, especially India.

In 1934 the couple moved to India where Foulds died in 1939. Maud remained in India and took the name Swami Omananda Puri after her husband's death.


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