Bache returned to Leipzig, and then travelled to Italy in 1856, eager to spend time studying Italian opera in more depth. His plan to move away from German models is illustrated by a letter he wrote to a friend in 1856: ‘I have played lately much of Schumann’s music, and every successive piece increases my dislike to it in toto.’ However, his health once again intervened, and he returned to England in the summer of 1857. His hope that ‘I may live many years I believe by taking great care’ was not to be realized: he died of tuberculosis at the family home in Birmingham in August 1858.
from notes by Elizabeth French © 2007
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