Abstract: Although acclaimed during her lifetime as the greatest female violinist of her generation, Australian-born Alma Moodie has disappeared completely from our cultural memory - perhaps because she made her career in Germany at a time when reputations were made in London and New York, perhaps because she made no recordings. This article reconstructs her career through documents and recollections, and attempts to interpret its human significance. Although it is true that every life-story has its own shape and import, Moodie's took on the character of an archetypal narrative and impelled me to attempt a further (speculative) interpretation of its apparent paradoxes.
To cite this article: Kay, Dreyfus. Alma Moodie and the Landscape of Giftedness [online]. Australasian Music Research, No. 7, 2003: -14.
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