Paul Viardot

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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.[1]

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.[2]


Manuel García (Manuel del POPOLO RODRIGUEZ dit GARCIA) (1775–1832)
Singer - Composer - Impresario
x  Maria Joachina SITCHES dit BRIONES (1780–1862)
├──> Manuel Garcia Junior (1805–1906)
│    Singer - Composer - Singing teacher
│    x  Cécile Maria "Eugénie" MAYER (1814–1880)
│       had issue
├──> Maria Malibran (Maria Félicita GARCIA) (1808–1836)
│    Singer
│    x 1 Eugène MALIBRAN (1765- )
│    x 2 Charles Auguste de Bériot (1802–1870) 	  	
│    │ Composer - Violinist
│    │ 
│    ├──> Charles-Wilfrid de Bériot (1833-1914)
│         Pianist - Composer
│         Professor at the école Niedermeyer
├──> Pauline Viardot (Pauline Michèle Ferdinande GARCIA) (1821–1910)
     Singer - Composer
     x Louis Viardot (1800–1883)
     ├──> Louise Héritte-Viardot (1841–1918)
     │     Composer - Pianist - Singer
     │    x Ernest HERITTE
     ├──> Paul Viardot (1857-1941)
     │    Violinist - Musicologist
     ├──> Marianne VIARDOT (1854-1919)
     │    Painter
     │    engaged to Gabriel Fauré
     │    x Victor Alphonse Duvernoy
     │    Pianist - Composer
     ├──> Claudie VIARDOT (1852-1914)
          x Georges Chamerot
            had issue

External links[edit]

Free scores by Paul Viardot at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)


  1. ^ Bachmann, Alberto, An Encyclopedia of the Violin, (Da Capo Press, London 1925)
  2. ^ The Recorded Violin, 'the History of the Violin on Record' vol. 1 CD booklet (Pearl, England)