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date: 17 August 2019

Carreño, (Maria) Teresa locked

  • Norman Fraser

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(b Caracas, Dec 22, 1853; d New York, June 12, 1917). Venezuelan pianist, composer, conductor and singer, granddaughter of Cayetano Carreño. Her father, Manuel Antonio Carreño, a politician, was also a musician, and gave her early lessons; he also awakened in her a strong sense of self-criticism, to which she attributed much of her later success. When eight years old she was taken to New York, where she studied with Gottschalk. Four years later, after studies in Paris with Mathias and later with Anton Rubinstein, she embarked on her career. She had particular success in Germany, where she lived and taught for over 30 years. In 1872 she married the violinist Emile Sauret, with whom she played sonatas. Her interest in string music prompted her to write a String Quartet in B minor; most of her other compositions were for piano, mostly in a brilliant style. The marriage was dissolved, and in ...

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