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Harriet Cohen

Beloved live concert pianist who did very much in the 1930s to expose the sufferings of German and Austrian Jews towards the world. She made an appearance inside a joint recital with tenor John Coates in the Wigmore Hall in 1920, marking her 1st major overall performance. She was favored by numerous composers, most of whom published music on her behalf, including Béla Bartók who devoted the final six bits of Mikrokosmos to her. She and composer Sir Arnold Bax had been lovers. He made up the music to David Lean’s 1948 film Oliver Twist in her honor. She was adored by musicologist Alfred Einstein, who was simply the cousin of scientist Albert Einstein.

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