Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and Madam Viardot's Tooth

I am head over heels in love with Charles Villiers Stanford's piano and string chamber music, particularly his Second Piano Quartet, a piece that he left unpublished at the time of his death in 1924. It was played for the first time in 2010, and has just been recorded, along with a wonderful piano trio and a bunch of violin and piano pieces, on Naxos.

In looking for Stanford-related material, I came across his Pages from an Unwritten Diary in the Petrucci Library. In this excerpt he writes about Pauline Viardot, another one of my musical heroes.

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