A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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CHAPTER XV
SOME PRESENT-DAY WOMEN COMPOSERS
O NE of the most notable features of the art of song-writing in recent years is the large in­crease in the number of lady composers. Twenty years ago their names could be reckoned on the fingers of one hand ; to-day they present quite a long and imposing array.
Among so many whose names have become household words as composers of popular songs, there is one who enjoys rather an unique distinc­tion, from the fact that she made her name as a public singer before she wooed fame as a song­writer. I refer, of course, to Liza Lehmann, who for nine years filled a prominent place on the concert platform as a soprano singer. She bene­fited greatly in this capacity from the advice and encouragement of Jenny Lind, who, on hearing her sing as a child, is reported to have said :— " If God gives me the strength, some day I should like to teach that child "—a desire that eventually found its fulfilment.
Turning to Liza Lehmann's work as a song-x                                        305
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