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Enchantress of nations

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She was among' the most brilliant 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 time; Liszt also declared that, with Pauline Viardot, the world had finally found a female composer of genius Enchantress of Nations is a lavish biography of this amazing woman' whose life spanned most of the 19th century' and it also weaves a rich tapestry of music and literature in France' England and Russia. Michael Steen sympathetically and sensititively explores the passionate 40- year love-affair between Viardot and Ivan Turgenev, the great Russian novelist, as well as her stormy friendship with Charles Gounod, the celebrated French composer: We also meet George sand, Dickens Flaubert, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky; Rossini, Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt, saint-saens faure and the other Paris-based composers, artists and singers of the period. Steen recounts the back-stage bitchiness, robbery, duels and violence of Viardot's liofe and times. Among much else, we read of the unhappiness experiened by the progeny of succeful parents-the life of Viardot's eldest Child was blighted by a catalogue of miseries the scene is historical; many of the issues are surprisingly contemporary

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ISBN-13:
978-184046843-4
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She was among' the most brilliant 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 time; Liszt also declared that, with Pauline Viardot, the world had finally found a female composer of genius Enchantress of Nations is a lavish biography of this amazing woman' whose life spanned most of the 19th century' and it also weaves a rich tapestry of music and literature in France' England and Russia. Michael Steen sympathetically and sensititively explores the passionate 40- year love-affair between Viardot and Ivan Turgenev, the great Russian novelist, as well as her stormy friendship with Charles Gounod, the celebrated French composer: We also meet George sand, Dickens Flaubert, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky; Rossini, Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt, saint-saens faure and the other Paris-based composers, artists and singers of the period. Steen recounts the back-stage bitchiness, robbery, duels and violence of Viardot's liofe and times. Among much else, we read of the unhappiness experiened by the progeny of succeful parents-the life of Viardot's eldest Child was blighted by a catalogue of miseries the scene is historical; many of the issues are surprisingly contemporary

Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
978-184046843-4
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
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