Gladys Bruer

Gladys Naida Bruer (1898-1923) was born in Adelaide in February 1898 as the youngest child of a large family. In her short life she had earned herself the reputation of being a fine pianist and composer. Reviews included:

 “Those who were privileged to know the young musician were sensible of her quiet unassuming demeanour and of her modesty concerning her own work, much of which bore the stamp of genius.” Her compositions also include works of larger dimensions, notably a trio for pianoforte, violin, and 'cello, and the first movement of a string quartet, both excellent examples of chamber music. Another composition for the piano, the instrument at which she excelled as an executant, is a concerto replete with brilliant writing and rich melody. Bruer also wrote organ, violin and piano solos.

Her piano trio was commenced on 3rd June 1916 and completed on 3rd December 1918. The first performance was 27th January 1919, by Hooper Brewster Jones, piano, Bertha Jones, violin and Harold Parsons, cello.

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