Pauline Viardot


Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) was one of the leading French mezzo-sopranos of the 19th century, as well as a composer and teacher. Most of her works are composed for voice, however she wrote many pieces for piano and a few for violin and piano including these Six Morceaux, dedicated to his son Paul, a concert violinist. With these short compositions, Pauline creates archetypal examples of the most popular musical forms and elaborates each small piece with great formal perfection.