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Enchantress of nations : Pauline Viardot - soprano, muse and lover

Author: Michael Steen
Publisher: Thriplow : Icon, 2007.
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"She was among 'the most brilliant dramatic stars of our time', according to Franz Liszt, and billed as 'the most talked of opera singer in Europe'. Dickens - reduced to tears by her singing - regarded her as 'one of the greatest actresses of any time'. Liszt also declared that, with Pauline Viardot, the world had finally found a woman composer of genius." "Enchantress of Nations is a lavish biography of this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Steen, Michael.
Enchantress of nations.
Thriplow : Icon, 2007
(OCoLC)654970709
Named Person: Pauline Viardot-García; Pauline Viardot-García; Pauline Viardot-García
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Steen
ISBN: 9781840468434 1840468432
OCLC Number: 144596634
Description: xv, 543 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map, ports. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Michael Steen.

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"'An absolute delight. For lovers of musical biography Michael Steen's compendious volume is required reading. Covering 350 years of European musical history, Steen sketches his canonical figures Read more...

 
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