Music's Modern Muse: A Life of Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac (Eastman Studies in Music)

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Descriptions : The American born Winnaretta Singer was a millionaire at the age of eighteen due to her inheriting a substantial part of the Singer Sewing Machine fortune Her marriage to Prince Edmond de Polignac an amateur composer brought her into contact with the most elite strata of French society After Edmond s death in she used her fortune to benefit the arts science and letters Her most significant contribution was in the musical domain in addition to subsidizing individual artists Boulanger Haskil Rubinstein Horowitz and organizations the Ballets Russes l Opra de Paris l Orchestre Symphonique de Paris she made a lifelong project of commissioning new musical works from composers many of them unknown and struggling to be performed in her Paris salon The list of works created as a result is long and extraordinary Stravinsky s Renard Satie s Socrate Falla s El Retablo de Maese Pedro and Poulenc s Two Piano and Organ Concertos are among the best known titles In addition her salon was a gathering place for luminaries of French culture such as Proust Cocteau Monet Diaghilev and Colette Many of Proust s memorable evocations of salon culture were born during his attendance at concerts in the Polignac music room Sylvia Kahan brings to life this eccentic and extravagant lover of the arts whose influence on the th Century world of music and literature remains incalculable










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