Remembrances

Spain's Diminutive Virtuosa De Laroccha Dies

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Classical pianist Alicia de Laroccha, whose remarkable career spanned three-quarters of a century, died Friday night in Barcelona, the city of her birth. She was 86.

From her concert debut at age 5, to decades as perhaps the world's leading female pianist, to her final performance just six years ago, she was a towering figure in the classical music world — despite being a physically tiny presence on stage. De Laroccha stood just 4 foot 9.

By the time she reached her 70s, de Laroccha would joke that she was shrinking.

Though she was a master of Mozart, de Laroccha became the definitive interpreter of Spanish composers, including Manuel de Falla.

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