Teresa Carreño


Venezuelan pianist, singer, and composer Teresa Carreño at the piano, date unknown. Restored by Adam Cuerden/Public domain

Not only was Teresa Carreño the most famous pianist of her day, she is considered to be Venezuela’s first international super star. And her personal life was just as compelling as her public persona.

Here is the waltz Teresa wrote as a child that we spoke about during the episode: Gottschalk Waltz, Op. 1

And here is a recording of Teresa playing: Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23

Holly's Research:

  • Walker, Alan. “Franz Liszt: The Final Years, 1861-1886.” Cornell University Press. 1997.
  • The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “Teresa Carreño.”Encyclopædia Britannica. December 18, 2018. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Teresa-Carreño
  • Milinowski, Marta. “Teresa Carreno, ‘By the Grace of God.’” Forgotten Books Reprint. 2018.
  • “Mme. Teresa Carreño, Famous Pianist, Dies.” New York Times. June 13, 1917. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1917/06/13/102353225.pdf
  • Kirk, Elise K. “Music in Lincoln’s White House.” The White House Historical Association. https://www.whitehousehistory.org/music-in-lincolns-white-house
  • “The Carreño-Donaldi Concert.” New York Times. Nov. 11. 1881. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1881/11/07/102768652.pdf
  • Olivera, Claudio. “Teresa Carreño: Pianist, Composer and Pedagogue. Her Life And Work From The Perspective Of Virtuoso Piano Playing At The End Of The 19th Century.” University of South Carolina Scholar Commons. June 30, 2016. https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=4410&context=etd
  • “Villa Teresa.” Coswig. https://www.coswig.de/en/villa-teresa-702.html

Topics in this Podcast: women, biographies, South American history, Latin American history, Music, Opera, music history, 19th century, 20th century