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Agnes Tyrrell (Brno, 20 September 1846 – Brno, 18 April 1883) was a composer and pianist of English and Czech descent. Tyrrell was born and lived all her life in Brno, the regional capital of Moravia which was at that time a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She was the daughter and third child of English teacher Henry Foster Tyrrell, who had established himself among the German-speaking community of Brno, and his Czech wife Josefina Kotulanova. Agnes grew up in this environment speaking fluently English and German but also Czech. A child prodigy, she performed in her first piano recital at nine and attended the Vienna Conservatory at sixteen. She studied piano with Wilhem Kunst in Brno and Josef Dachs and Adalbert Pacher in Vienna. Her composition teachers were Brno conductors Toman and Otto Kitzler who was also a composition teacher of Anton Bruckner. Tyrrell had to give up an active pianist career due to failing health, so instead she devoted her short life to composition. Despite having left behind a large catalogue of works in almost every category of classical music, just a few piano works and an art song were published during Tyrrell's lifetime. Similarly, only a few of her works were performed during her lifetime, and they included mainly choral works for men's choir (programmed by a Brno choir conducted by Kitzler). While her music reflects the aesthetics and style of her times, and while she was influenced by the music of Liszt and Bruckner, she was able to process all these influences into a highly individual synthesis.

Tyrrell's autograph scores are deposited with the Moravian Land Museum Department of Music in Brno. Below you will find a catalogue of Tyrrell's piano, chamber, and choral music published to date.



Andante Andante, op. 6
Piano score. 8 pages
Publisher: Certosa Verlag | Körborn, 2017
Editor: Dieter M. Backes
ISMN: 979-0-50224-348-7
Catalogue No.: CV Ty2

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Choruses for Mixed Choir Eight Choruses for Mixed Choir (including 5 Gesänge für Gemischten Chor, op. 7)
Choruses. 68 pages
Includes Sommerfrühe, Sonntags am Rhein, Vorüber, Abschied, Liebestpredigt, Gebet, Mutterthränen, and Winterlied.
In: Agnes Tyrrell. Brno Composer and Her Choruses for Mixed Choir. Master's thesis, pp. 103–170. | Brno, 2019
Engraving: Blanka Snajdrova
Editor: Blanka Snajdrova

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Theme and Variations Theme and Variations, op. 8
Piano score. 8 pages
Publisher: The Kapralova Society | Toronto, 2021
Engraving: Dejan Badnjar
ISMN 979-0-9001582-2-2
Catalogue No.: KS 011

Performers may request the score by writing to: society[at]kapralova[dot]org


Allegro di bravura Allegro di bravura, op. 9
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig Impromptu I. pour le piano, op. 11
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig Impromptu II. pour le piano, op. 12
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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Mazurka Mazurka, op. 15
Piano score. 7 pages
Publisher: Certosa Verlag | Körborn, 2013
Editor: Dieter M. Backes
ISMN: 979-0-50224-249-7
Catalogue No.: CV Ty2

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Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig Vier Albumblätter, op. 18
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig Lied ohne Worte für das Pianoforte, op. 23
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig Impromptu Nr. 3 für das Pianoforte op. 32(a)
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig Fantasiestücke Nr. 1-3
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig Rhapsodien Nr. 1-2
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig Sechs Charakterstücke für das Klavier op. 32(b)
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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string quartet Streichquartett G-Dur
String Quartet in G Major
Publisher: Certosa Verlag | Körborn, 2022
Editor: Dieter M. Backes
ISMN: 979-0-50224-545-0
Catalogue No.: CV Ty4



Grand Sonata Grosse Sonate No. II fur das Pianoforte (Grand Sonata), op. 66
Allegro moderato – Andante – Scherzo.Molto Allegro. Trio – Allegro moderato.
Piano score. 32 pages
Publisher: The Kapralova Society | Toronto, 2022 (2021)
Engraving: Dejan Badnjar
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh (revised edition)
ISMN 979-0-9001582-3-9
Catalogue No.: KS 013

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Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig Clavierstück, op. 67
Piano score. A part of the collection "Ausgewählte Werke für Klavier 2-händig".
Publisher: Ries and Erler | Berlin, 2021
Editor: Kyra Steckeweh
Catalogue No.: 10148


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After 140 years of neglect, Tyrrell's music is finally being rediscovered by scholars, musicians, publishers, and music lovers. Listen to Tyrrell's orchestral overture to her Oratorio Die Konige in Israel on YouTube.