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Spain's Diminutive Virtuosa De Laroccha Dies
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Spain's Diminutive Virtuosa De Laroccha Dies


GUY RAZ, host:

Finally today, we remember the pianist Alicia de Larrocha. She died last night at age 86 in the city of her birth, Barcelona.

(Soundbite of "First Spanish Dance")

RAZ: De Larrocha had a remarkable career spanning three quarters of a century, from her concert debut at age five to decades as perhaps the world's leading female pianist, to her final performance just a few years ago.

She was a towering figure in the classical music world, despite being a physically tiny presence on stage. De Larrocha stood just 4 foot 9. Though she was a master of Mozart, de Larrocha became the definitive interpreter of Spanish composers, like Manuel de Falla.

Right now, we're listening to her 1992 performance of "First Spanish Dance" from "La Vida Breve."

(Soundbite of "First Spanish Dance")

RAZ: Pianist Alicia de Larrocha. She died last night at the age 86.

And for Saturday, that's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Join us tomorrow when we find out why actor Tony Danza has gone back to school.

I'm Guy Raz. Have a great evening.

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