Fanny Davies (1861–1934)

Fanny Davies, photography by Elliot & Fry, London
Fanny Davies, photography by Elliot & Fry, London

(UB Frankfurt, Sammlung Manskopf: )

Fanny Davies is one of the most famous students of Clara Schumann. After she had left her hometown of Birmingham in 1882 to study with Carl Reinecke in Leipzig, she came to Frankfurt in fall 1883 to 1885 and studied with Clara Schumann. When she returned to England, she was introduced by Clara herself to the local audience. The English critics immediately considered Fanny Davies a worthy successor to Clara Schumann.
After her debut in the Crystal Palace with Beethoven's E flat concerto her career led her to Spain, Hungary, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. Fanny Davies considered a perfect technique like Clara Schumann as subordinate to the interpretation. Her play seemed to have been a perfect reflection of teacher’s. From 1928 to 1930 she recorded Schumann's piano concerto, the “Kinderszenen” (Children's Scenes) and the “Davidsbündlertänze” (Dances of the League of David); in the National Sound Archive in London are also unreleased recordings of other Schumann works. Except for Schumann and Brahms, Fanny Davies also stood up for contemporary piano music from her homeland in Spain and the Czech Republic.

(J.M.N., translated by Katharina Ma)

Cp. also  MUGI

Fanny Davies plays Schumann Concerto in A minor Op. 54, 1928

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