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Paul Viardot (Composer)

Born: 20th July 1857, Vaudoy-en-Brie, France

Died: 11th December 1941, Algeria

Nationality: French

Paul Viardot was a French violinist and musicologist; born at Courtavenel, son of the distinguished singer and composer Pauline Viardot. Studied under Léonard and has appeared with great success in Paris and London. Compositions include two sonatas, several concert solos and smaller violin works as well as important contributions to the literature of music.

The second husband of Paul's aunt, Maria Malibran, was the great Belgian violinist Charles de Bériot, who remained close to the Viardots and took an interest in the boy, though Paul actually studied with his successor at the Brussels Conservatoire Hubert Léonard (also related by marriage to the Garcia clan). Though Carl Flesch dismisses Paul Viardot as a salon player, he was clearly more than that, as he toured widely. Fauré dedicated his A major sonata of 1875/6 to him.

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