Paul Viardot

Paul Viardot (20 July 1857 – 1 December 1941) 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. Viardot's recordings are rare, partly because they were poorly engineered; but they suggest an example of the Franco-Belgian school of violin playing in its rather tight phase, before the loosening and relaxing influence of Eugène Ysaÿe.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 20th, 1857 (Vaudoy-en-Brie), Died December 11th, 1941 (Algeria)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-18575 10-in. 10/24/1916 Moment musicale William H. Reitz Xylophone solo, with orchestra arranger  


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