Obscure Music Monday: Menter's Romance

Sophie Menter (July 29, 1846 - Feb. 23, 1918) was a German pianist and composer, born to musical parents. At the age of fifteen she soloed with an orchestra, and her concertizing after that took her all around Germany and Switzerland.
Menter would go on to be known for her interpretations of Franz Liszt's compositions, and she actually studied with him in 1869, after studying with other famous pianists like Carl Tausig and Hans von Bulow. Liszt described her as "my only piano daughter", and her playing was loved by critics and audience members alike. She became professor of piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1883, but left just three years after to continue her performance career. She also started composing for piano, but considered her compositional talent "miserable".

One of her works for piano that is anything but miserable, is her Romance. The piece begins with a lovely cascading of notes that finds its way throughout the entire work, underneath the melodic line, which provides an ebb and flow for the composition. You can hear the strong influence of Liszt throughout; there's no doubt of his influence on Menter!

Sadly we can't find a recording of this lovely work--- we hope that changes soon!

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