Camilla: A Tale of a Violin

Camilla: A Tale of a Violin
Being the Artist Life of Camilla Urso

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Camilla: A Tale of a Violin by Charles Barnard

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Camilla: A Tale of a Violin
Being the Artist Life of Camilla Urso

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of earning anything in Paris. The theatre, the church and the lessons enabled them to live tolerably well in Nantes. To give up these things would be simple folly. It could not be done. The prospect was brilliant, the way seemed inviting, but it was not available. In his doubt and perplexity over the matter M. Urso went to his friend and companion in the orchestra, Felix Simon. M. Simon played the first violin at the theatre, and one night they talked it over between the acts.

If Camilla was so exceedingly anxious to play she must have some latent talent. Should she prove a genius or a prodigy it might be the means of bringing the family a fortune. Paris offered the only field for instruction and Paris meant a very great deal of money. With her present limited resources the thing was not to be considered for a moment.

M. Simon heard it all patiently, talked with the child about it and before her very eyes turned himself into an angel by offering to teach her himself. At first the family could no

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This biography is about Camilla Urso, the first woman to achieve world-wide fame as a violinist. Through her grit, determination, and extraordinary talents, she was the first female to study at the Conservatory of Paris - at age 7. Though very poor, her family sacrificed and toiled to pay for her expenses. Ultimately, after many hardships, she achieved spectacular fame and wealth.

Readers who have studied classical music on any instrument will identify with the unending hours of practice and discipline which Camilla undertook to maintain the excellence of her performances and the admiration of fans. The author never mentions if she married - I suspect she did not. Her violin was her life.
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