THE NORTON / GROVE DICTIONARY OF WOMEN COMPOSERS
1ST AMERICAN EDITION
EDITED BY J. A. SADIE AND R. SAMUEL
NEW YORK: W. W. NORTON, 1995
ENTRY BY ROBERT FINN
Edwards [nee Gerlich], Clara (b Mankato, MN, 18 March 1887; d New York, 17 Jan 1974). American composer, singer and pianist. She studied singing in Vienna and, returning to the USA in 1914, pursued an active career as a singer and pianist. A member of ASCAP from 1925, she wrote more than 50 songs that successfully blended the styles of art song and the sentimental parlour ballad; With the Wind and the Rain in her Hair (published in 1930, and a hit in 1940), By the Bend of the River and When Jesus Walked on Galilee were particularly popular. Some of her music was incorporated into the repertory of well-known artists: Ezio Pinza, for example, sang Into the Night on the 'Telephone Hour' radio programme several times. Edwards also wrote music for children's plays (e.g. Alice in Wonderland) and animated cartoons.