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SCORING SUFFRAGE September 29, 2023 at 6pm Lecture / Violin and piano recital – Claudia Tobin, Ruth Palmer, Alessio Enea


Lyceum Club Internazionale di Firenze. Palazzo Adami Lami, Lungarno Guicciardini 17 – Florence

How did music score and underscore the swell of women’s increasing liberties at the turn of the

twentieth century? Writer and curator Claudia Tobin, with violinist Ruth Palmer and pianist Alessio

Enea, set out to uncover the musical sisterhood between a network of European women artists, writers

and music critics who took inspiration from Florence, including suffragette composer Dame Ethel

Smyth, her friend the writer and activist Vernon Lee frequented Villa San Francesco di Paola. Presented

at the Lyceum in Florence, of which these women were members, this event is part of a research grant

that connects archives in the UK and Florence, including at the Villa I Tatti Harvard Centre for

Renaissance Studies, Lyceum Club archive, the British Institute of Florence, Somerville College Oxford

and the British Library in the UK.


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