B1765. The Life of Liza Lehmann by Herself. New York, Dutton, 1918. 232pp. Index; Photos; Illus. Excellent copy has sl.loosened front cover, yet boards & spine very firm.
“As a singer, Lehmann's voice did not have the stamina or fortitude to sing opera even though she had quite an extensive range. She turned to recitals and popular music having studied voice with Alberto Randegger and Jenny Lind. This was followed by composition studies with Raunkilde, Freundenberg and MacCunn. She was emotionally supported by Clara Schumann and Joachim to sing even though she retired from performing after only nine years. Her compositions included song cycles (selected quatrians from the RUBAYYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM was most noteworthy), songs, and stage works. Lehmann was the first president of the Society of Women Musicians and was also a professor of singing at the Guildhall School of Music. PRACTICAL HINTS FOR STUDENTS OF SINGING was her pedagogical contribution to music.”
- Keith Johnson, Rovi
“’If I built a world for you’ to words by Herbert Fordwych was originally intended for Lehmann's first opera, SERGEANT BRUE (1904), but for some reason she withdrew it and published it separately. In her autobiography she tells a charming story about how she went to Arthur Boosey (of Boosey & Co., precursor of Boosey & Hawkes) to play him her latest song with a view to publication. Mr. Boosey was not impressed. (Far too serious - poor prospects) at which Lehmann exclaimed `I know the sort of thing you want' and in derision launched into `If I built a world for you' of which she had a low opinion and regarded as `mere fluff’. After a few bars, Mr. Boosey leant over and said, `Yes, that's exactly what I do want.' It was recorded as Columbia 76055/L1235 in 1917.”
- Steuart Bedford, Liza's grandson