An autobiography by the cousin of the outstanding modern German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, crisply and vividly written. From her childhood on to Weimar where she became a pupil of Franz Liszt. From there she traveled far and wide, Switzerland, Berlin, Constantinople, and back to Germany just before the outbreak of the world war. Through her own experiences the reader is brought in contact with Rainer Maria Rilke, Brahms, Liszt and many others. The focus is on the world at large, rather than herself, and there is little of the strictly musical background. Impersonal, lucid, picturesque, it is chiefly interesting for its picture of Europe and Turkey in the eighties.