Friend and student of Liszt’s? Check.
Bestselling author? Check.
Inventor of new educational concert formats? Check.
Co-founder of an important women’s musical organization? Check.
Largely forgotten today? A woman? *sigh* Check, check, yes, of course.
Amelia Muller Fay was born in 1844, the fifth of nine children. Her father was a Harvard-educated Episcopalian priest. Her mother was an artist, pianist, and singer who had been denied an education and encouraged to marry at sixteen. Not surprisingly, Mrs. Fay died young. Amy’s older sister Zina believed it was from overwork and thwarted ambition:
I saw her in her coffin…and I resolved to remember the woe and earthly wreck of her thwarted nature, and never to cease until I saw some better way for women than this which can so horribly waste and abuse their finest powers.
So that’s one way of dealing with grief.