Frieda Peycke

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Paul Laurence Dunbar, Angelina

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(1884-1964) Frieda Peycke lived in the Los Angeles area, where she made a career teaching and performing for women’s clubs and other organizations. Between the 1910s and the 1950s, she composed approximately 340 musical settings of spoken poems, two-thirds of which were by female writers and many of which were comic in tone. More than 75 of Peycke’s “musically illustrated readings” were published, issued by nine different publishers. Peycke, who had studied with David Bispham and Bertha Kunz Baker, performed her spoken-word compositions up until 1959, when she was 75 years old.