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The Mendelssohns and Dvořák with Shiyeon Sung and the Boston Symphony

The Mendelssohns and Dvořák with Shiyeon Sung and the Boston Symphony

Her mother noticed at birth that she had “Bach-fugue fingers” and began giving her piano lessons as soon as she could sit still. Her famous younger brother called her “his Minerva”. Their teacher initially considered her the more promising pianist and recommended her to Goethe with his highest accolade: “She plays like a man.” Her compositions – mostly choral, vocal, or for the piano – numbered 500 or more and received their first performances at a popular musical salon she hosted at the family home, where she conducted, accompanied, and performed solo and in chamber groups. She died suddenly […]

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