Woman of the Century/Birdie Blye
BLYE, Miss Birdie, pianist, born in New York City, in 187-. Her parents are Americans of English descent Miss Blye early manifested a love of music. Her talent was developed under able masters in London, Paris and Germany. When eleven years of age she made her debut in orchestral concerts in London and on the Continent with success. She played from memory concertos, sonatas and other compositions by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann, Rubinstein, Liszt, Schubert and Chopin, and could play the whole clavichord without notes and transpose in every key. BIRDIE BLYE. She received many certificates and medals, and was feted and admired as the little "wonder child." Within the past three years she has played in more than two-hundred concerts and musicales in chief American, English and European cities with gratifying success. She is an excellent violinist, a pupil of the Joachim School of Berlin. Miss Blye is highly educated, is a linguist of note, and paints like an artist in oil and water colors. She studied in the Grosvenor Art Gallery in London. Her first exhibited picture, painted when she was fourteen years of age, was sold for seventy-five dollars.