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22 Feb 2006

Pauline Viardot: The forgotten diva

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/features/article346810.ece

viardot-garcia_small.jpgPauline Viardot inspired Brahms, Berlioz and Turgenev, so why is she forgotten?
By Jessica Duchen [The Independent, 21 February 2006]

Pauline Viardot-Garcia was more than just the greatest diva of the 19th century. The Spanish-born mezzo-soprano transformed 19th-century opera and song, inspiring everyone from Berlioz to Brahms, and Clara Schumann to the young Fauré. Yet her own compositions have been virtually forgotten since her death in 1910.

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