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Great classical composers have almost always been great romantics - and passionate love affairs are often the inspiration for great music making. Here are some of the most enduring.
Singer Emma was the love interest of both Fauré and Debussy - and married to a banker. In 1903, after her affair with Fauré ended, she was introduced to Debussy by her son, who was one of his students. She divorced her husband in May 1905 shortly before she gave birth to Debussy's daughter, 'Chou-Chou'. Debussy dedicated his ‘Children's Corner’ Suite to her. Emma was eventually laid to rest in Debussy's grave.
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