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Adela Maddison: The Heart of the Wood (1924)

Updated: Jul 13

Adela Maddison (1862-1929)

mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen

pianist Eunmi Ko

In this colorful and inventive song, English composer Adela Maddison reveals her French influences, yet also offers a window into her own passionate and curious nature.


Maddison led an exciting, rather scandalous and complicated life. After marrying and having a family, she found herself as a composer. She championed the music of Gabriel Fauré, studied with him, became his lover, and left her family behind to follow him. Fauré cherished her as well, and found her musical talent and compositions inspired. She almost certainly had physical relationships with women as well, and later on in her life she returned to England to care for her husband when he fell ill.