Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 20 August 2019

Viardot [née García], (Michelle Ferdinande) Paulinelocked

  • Beatrix Borchard

Extract

(b Paris, July 18, 1821; d Paris, May 18, 1910). French singer and composer of Spanish origin. She came from a family of singers: her father was the elder Manuel García, her mother María Joaquina Sitches, her brother the younger Manuel García and her sister Maria Malibran. After the death of her father in 1832, her mother took over her training. Viardot not only inspired composers such as Chopin, Berlioz, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Wagner and Schumann with her dramatic gifts but also collaborated on the composition of roles created especially for her. She was active as a teacher, continuing the García method. She studied the piano with Meysenberg and Liszt and composition with Reicha, but concentrated on singing after Malibran’s death in 1836. A year later, when she was 16, she made her singing début in Brussels at a concert given by her brother-in-law, the Belgian violinist Charles-Auguste de Bériot; her range of three octaves and her musical versatility caused a sensation. During her first concert tour, which took her and her brother to Germany in ...

Access to the complete content on Grove Music Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Musical Quarterly
Neue Zeitschrift für Musik
Sovetskaya muzïka
The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers