Ethel is seventeen and one of ten in a Victorian, military family. Bright and musically gifted, she decides to become a composer. She is desperate to go to the Conservatoire in Leipzig to study composition. Her father puts every possible barrier in her way until he eventually relents. At first enchanted in this city of music, she soon becomes disappointed but falls madly in love with Lisl, the wife of her new teacher. Then she takes a holiday in Florence…
This is a novel based on a period in the life of Dame Ethel Smyth, a famous English composer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She commanded the respect of many prominent figures of her time. The book shows the ambition, determination, and intensity of love and emotion, as well as the eccentricities, of this amazing woman, whose achievements in a world dominated by men are unequalled. Gordon Thomas’ aim in writing this novel is to give greater prominence to this now less well-known composer and to encourage the playing of her works.
Author: Gordon L Thomas
Paperback: 422 pages
14.9 x 2.4 x 21 cm
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