Ethel Smyth: “Bangs from Paradise” – Culture

Ethel Smyth fought all her life: for a career as a composer, for women’s suffrage, for free love. Now it is being rediscovered on a large scale.

“His appearance with other women – or women, as he often referred to them, was less selective. If he didn’t like their appearance, he could be quite unpleasant; if they were pretty, he had the embarrassing habit of leaning back in his chair with his lips pursed, stroking his mustache and staring at them like an eager boy at jam tarts.” So bluntly describes Ethel Smyth criticized Johannes Brahms’ bad behavior when he stayed in Leipzig at the house of his friend von Herzogenberg family.

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