Pauline Viardot-Garcia papers, 1836-1905

Viardot-García, Pauline, 1821-1910


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)..
Organized into the following series: I. Correspondence: A. Letters to Pauline Viardot-Garcia and her family; B. Letters to Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev. II. Compositions, literary: A. By Pauline Viardot-Garcia; B. By Ivan Sergeev Turgenev. III. Compositions, musical: A. By Pauline Viardot-Garcia; B. By other composers; C. Printed music. IV. Other materials.
The collection contains significant letters from A. Daudet, C. Gounod, P. Mérimée, G. Meyerbeer, E. Zola, and many other personalities. Alsoincluded are autograph manuscripts of several of I. Turgenev's works; autograph scores of over 80 of P. Viardot-Garcia's songs, mostly unpublished; and an operetta, Le dernier sorcier, a collaboration of P. Viardot-Garcia (music) and I. Turgenev (libretto).
Pauline Viardot-Garcia was one of the most celebrated French mezzo sopranos of the 19th century. The collection reflects all aspects of her life as singer, composer, and teacher; as closest friend of Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, whose papers she guarded after his death; and as center of a large circle of friends from the literary, musical, and artistic elite of her time. Her support and friendship inspired H. Berlioz, J. Brahms, C. Franck, J. Massenet, G. Meyerbeer, and C. Saint-Saëns to write major works for her.
Collection is open for research.
Pauline Viardot-Garcia Papers (MS Mus 232). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Correspondence and compositions are mostly in French, also in German, Italian, Spanish, and English. I. Turgenev's manuscripts are in Russian.
Electronic finding aid available
Unpublished printed finding aid available in the Houghton Accessions Records, 1999-2000, under *1999M-19.
The unpublished manuscript of Le dernier sorcier is described in N.G. Zekulin, The story of an operetta: Le dernier sorcier, by Pauline Viardot and Ivan Turgenev (Munich, 1989).

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