Although now recognised as one of the world's leading composers, Madame Liza Lehmann first achieved fame and popularity as a singer. Randegger was her teacher, but she received many useful hints from Jenny Lind in her earlier years. Since her marriage, in 1894, however, to Mr. Herbert Bedford, she has devoted herself entirely to composition. Her grandfather was Mr. Robert Chambers, of Edinburgh, the famous publisher, her father being Mr. Rudolph Lehmann, the well-known portrait painter. Jenny Lind was so impressed with Madame Lehmann's singing as a child that she said, " I will teach the child myself." But, unfortunately, circumstances prevented this valuable tuition. Then, as she grew older, Madame Lehmann developed so great a talent for painting that the time arrived when she was confronted with the problem of her real vocation. What should she be - artist or musician ? Singing won the day, and she studied under Randegger. She made a debut when she was quite a girl, and scored a great success in spite of an attack of stage fright. As a composer, Madame Lehmann's first success was the song cycle, " In a Persian Garden." Her first successful single song, " In Memoriam," is, of course, known all over the world.
Madame Liza Lehmann Elliott &■ Fry