31 March 2023

Published March 29, 2023 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


“Mrs. Powell, I’ve never seen such a gift in a child so young,” said Mr. Lewis. “But your daughter is bound to encounter difficulties in the music world.”

Cradling her violin, ten-year-old Maud poised the bow over the strings. As she played, a lilting melody filled her ears and blotted out the grownups’ conversation.

In that moment there was only Tchaikovsky.

Eight years later, in 1885, eighteen-year-old Maud boldly interrupted a rehearsal of the all-male New York Philharmonic and demanded a hearing with America’s foremost conductor Theodore Thomas.

He hired her on the spot and dubbed her his “musical grandchild.”

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66 comments on “31 March 2023

  • Great story, Rochelle and I particularly loved it as a violin player. Thought you might find this of interest: https://chaddsfordhistorical.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/mythbuster-friday-girls-were-not-allowed-to-play-violin-or-flute-in-colonial-times/
    I also have the story of a different trail-blazing Maud who dressed as a male soldier and stowed away on board a troop ship during WWI because she wanted to serve as a nurse at the front and had been knocked back: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2020/01/02/the-story-jack-maud-the-rollercoaster-ride-of-writing-historical-fiction/
    Best wishes,


    • So interesting to read that it was thought women couldn’t play the violin as it would be scandalous to show their elbow. When I think of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle pictured – I do recall it is men who played it for the most part. The men also were artists and women were generally not trained to be painters or musicians. But the odd one slipped through! Glad that there were other women such as the Italians that slipped through as well. Thanks for the peek into history. That was so interesting.


  • Beautiful. What a character Maud was, talented and determined. And what a shame that women are still not fully accepted as equal. Some colleagues who don’t know me personally still adress me as Mr. 🙄 These days I don’t correct them any longer, shame is on them. In the past I used to adress them as Ms in return… the penny never dropped.

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  • A wonderful story, Rochelle.

    Such “firsts” are interesting and enlightening stories. They prompt me to reflect on history and life today. I also get to examine my own thinking and behaviors.

    Well done.



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  • I had not heard of Maud Powell so I am really glad to hear her now. Such a talent. A documented record of resilience and perseverance. Thanks for using my photo – such a surprise after being away from blogging for a few weeks. It is really interesting to read all the entries and see what people have come up with. Incidentally, the violin in the photo is a Hardanger Fiddly from the Hardanger region of Norway. I love the sounds it makes.

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