Bach’s town erects plaque to Ethel SmythNews
The mayor of Leipzig will unveil a plaque this Thursday on the site of the house where the English composer lived from 1877 to 1881.
‘The memory of the work of an important woman who spent important years in Leipzig is now present in the public space,’ said Mayor Skadi Jennicke.
Smyth, who left a scabrous reminiscence of Mahler from about that time, had her violini sonata premiered in Leipzig by the Gewandhaus concertmaster Adolph Brodsky with pianist Fanny Davies.
She returned in 1906 for the premiere of her opera, The Wreckers.
Glyndebourne’s brave revival of the opera this summer must have jogged Leipzig’s memory.