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Enchantress of Nations von Michael Steen

Enchantress of Nations Michael Steen

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Zusammenfassung

A biography of the life - and the times - of the nineteenth century's Maria Callas. 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'.

Enchantress of Nations Zusammenfassung

Enchantress of Nations: Pauline Viardot - Soprano, Muse and Lover Michael Steen

This is a picturesque but painstakingly researched biography of the life - and the times - of the nineteenth century's Maria Callas. 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 amazing woman whose life spanned most of the nineteenth century; and it also weaves a rich tapestry of music and literature in France, England and Russia. Michael Steen recounts the back-stage bitchiness, robbery, duels and violence, life in Russia before the emancipation of the serfs, appalling disease and shocking poverty, and the unhappiness experienced by children of successful parents. Luxuriously produced with a colour plate section, it opens a new vista on opera, nineteenth-century literature and history.

Enchantress of Nations Bewertungen

"'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 with Dickensian flair, providing a bona fide crossover title that is also a literary achievement in its own right.' Times Literary Supplement 'What a treat this is. This immense book is a labour of love and learning. Steen seems to know everything, not just about music but everything else.' The Age, Australia"

Über Michael Steen

Michael Steen OBE was born in Dublin. He was an organ scholar at Oxford, after the Royal College of Music and Eton. Since retirement from the City he has been chairman of the Royal College of Music Society and is chairman of the trustees of the Friends of the V&A Museum. He is the author of The Lives and Times of the Great Composers (Icon, 2004)

Zusätzliche Informationen

GOR004275303
9781840468434
1840468432
Enchantress of Nations: Pauline Viardot - Soprano, Muse and Lover Michael Steen
Gebraucht - Sehr Gut
Gebundene Ausgabe
Icon Books Ltd
2007-09-06
480
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