Enid Brant, Scrapbooked

All we have to go on is her caption: Enid Brandt, San Francisco’s Child Pianist. Her photo comes from the Pennsylvania Report Scrapbook, what we’d consider ‘altered art’ today. The book was originally the “Pennsylvania Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1895,” but an industrious photo-lover cut photos out of magazines and glued them over the top of the less-than-interesting education statistics. Most photos appear to be from glossy magazines of the time, and they all seem to range in the 1900-1905 range, based on photos of politicians and other places. One thing missing from the scrapbook, despite the amount of California photos? The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Enid doesn’t appear in Google as growing into a prodigy and master of her instrument; I hope the talented young lady made it through the quake and fire.

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4 Responses to “Enid Brant, Scrapbooked”

  1. Zerlina says:

    Hi :) Young lady did indeed survive the quake – I work at a concert hall archive in the UK and have just run across a programme of a concert she gave in 1913. The picture on the programme was so beautiful I Googled her and found this – hope you don’t mind my commenting. :)

  2. Azrael Brown says:

    Ah, that’s good to hear — it’d be a sad story if the earthquake got the best of her. Thanks for letting us know!

  3. Hi, just to jump in – she was born in 1891, but sadly died 18th April 1916. I don’t know what happened though.

  4. Warren says:

    Hi there – I recently discovered Enid Brandt as a distant relative, and found this picture in a 1901 magazine at books.google.com in a magazine called "Sunset".

    The paragraph describing her reads as follows:

    A San Francisco girl of unusual promise musically is Enid Brandt, aged nine years, daughter of Noah Brandt, the violinist and conductor. She has given a number of concerts, and all the critics have showered praise upon her, for her excellent work, both from artistic and technical standpoints. At a recent concert her performance indicated remarkable development, and delighted all friends of the talented child. She is going soon to New York and Boston, where she will appear in concert under the management of Henry Wolfsohn. Her repertoire includes some of the most difficult compositions of Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven.

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