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Music's modern muse : a life of Winnaretta Singer, princesse de Polignac

Author: Sylvia Kahan
Publisher: Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2003.
Series: Eastman studies in music.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The American-born Winnaretta Singer (1865-1943) was a millionaire at the age of eighteen, due to her inheriting a substantial part of the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Living in Paris, she quickly became active in musical life there, holding the premier avant-garde musical salon in her home from 1888 to 1939. Her 1893 marriage to Prince Edmond de Polignac, an amateur composer, brought her into contact with the

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Winnaretta Polignac, princesse de; Winnaretta Polignac, princesse de; Winnaretta Polignac, princesse de; Winnaretta de Polignac; Winnaretta de Polignac
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvia Kahan
ISBN: 1580461336 9781580461337
OCLC Number: 51781900
Description: xxii, 547 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prelude --
An international child --
Life with mother --
A woman of the world --
The sewing machine and the lyre --
Marriage and music --
La belle époque --
Renovations --
Modern times --
The astonishing years --
Shelter from the storm --
The magic of everyday things --
Cottages of the elite, palaces of the people --
A pride of protégés --
Mademoiselle --
All music is modern --
The beautiful kingdom of sounds --
Series Title: Eastman studies in music.
Responsibility: Sylvia Kahan.
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A biography of Winnaretta Singer-Polignac, heiress to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune, who befriended and subsidized some of the most important musical and literary artists of the 20th Century,  Read more...


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