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FANNY DAVIES - PIANIST

The British pianist writes a letter to cellist Carl Fuchs on both sides of her imprinted visiting card with her London address.

Dear Mr. Fuchs,

I hope to see you at the end of the concerts; and this is to introduce my dear little, my “prize baby” Kathleen Chabôt.  She is now a delightful artist, & I want you to listen to her solo or anyway part of it.  She has the spirit and I have trained her 10 years!!  I want her to play in Manchester now &….

Your sincerely,

F. D.

Davies (1861-1934) was a British born concert pianist.  She wass sent off at 21 to the Leipzig Conservatory where she spent a year with Carl Reinecke, Oscar Paul and Saloman Jadassohn studying piano, harmony and theory.  She spent 1883 to 1885 in Frankfort at the Hoch Conervatory with Clara Schumann and Bernhard Scholz studying piano, fugue and composition.  She made a London debut in October 1885 at the Crystal Palace.  She became a frequent musical partner of Joseph Joachim, Alfredo Piatti, Gervase Elwes and the young Pablo Casals.  After touring Europe for a number of years, she spent 1894-95 in Vienna where she was part of Brahms circle.  Davies was also known to be a great interpreter of the German Romantics, though for obvious reasons became a great champion of the music of Robert Schumann. She also introduced Debussy’s preludes to England.  Davis was also the first pianist to perform in Westminster Hall.  As a teacher, she had a wide array of pupils.  Kathleen Chabôt made her recital debut in Steinway Hall in 1904.  She appeared in the Proms concerts from 1905 through 1909 and also we found concerts at Aeolian Hall, Bechstein Hall and the Broadwood Concerts through 1911.  She married a Doctor Doll and had two sons, one a doctor, the second John Doll was a decorated World War II fighter pilot.  Carl Fuchs (1865-1951) was a cellist with the Hallé Orchestra and a Professor at the Royal Conservatory in Manchester, England. He was well connected in musical circles there.