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date: 20 August 2019

Menter, Sophie locked

  • Eva Rieger

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(b Munich, July 29, 1846; d Stockdorf, nr Munich, Feb 23, 1918). German pianist and composer . The daughter of the cellist Josef Menter and the singer Wilhelmine Menter (née Diepold), she was taught the piano by Siegmund Lebert and, later, by Friedrich Niest. At 15 she played Weber’s Konzertstück for piano and orchestra with F.P. Lachner conducting. Her first concert performances took her to Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Switzerland. In 1867 she was acclaimed for her interpretation of Liszt’s piano music at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. In Berlin she became acquainted with Tausig, and occasionally joined the circle of pianists studying with Liszt, who described her as ‘my only legitimate piano daughter’; Anton Rubinstein called her ‘the sole ruler of all piano keys and hearts’. From 1872 until 1886 she was married to the cellist David Popper. In 1883 she became piano professor at the St Petersburg Conservatory but left in ...

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