After hearing Brahms
sung by Fräulein Redeker
in London, ES
desperately wanted to study music in Germany. Her father objected, as he disapproved of a young Englishwoman living among foreigners, especially artists. Ethel protested...
Heinrich von Herzogenberg
and his wife Lisl
befriended her generously, so that she soon became a semi-detached member of the Herzogenberg family.
Collis, Louise. Impetuous Heart: The Story of Ethel Smyth. William Kimber, 1984.
They introduced her to many composers, including Brahms
(who apparently snubbed her),...
Pianist Myra Hess
began giving special wartime after-work concerts, starting at 5:30, at the National Gallery (from which the most precious pictures had already been removed as a precaution against destruction by bombs).