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Music's Modern Muse: A Life of Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac (Eastman Studies in Music)
by Sylvia Kahan
The American-born Winnaretta Singer (1865-1943) was a millionaire at the age of eighteen, due to her inheriting a substantial part of the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Her 1893 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 1901, she used her fortune to benefit the ...more
Published June 15th 2006 by University of Rochester Press
(first published January 1st 2003)
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This fascinating biography covers the life of Winnaretta Singer, heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune and one of the most important music patrons of the late nineteenth and early 20th century in France. She commissioned important works from Stravinsky, Poulenc, Ravel, de Falla, Tailleferre, and many others. She also gave many, many composers and performers support through her musical salons which featured opportunities for both performances and for meeting other musicians and potential p ...more