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She was born Maria Donata Nanetta Paulina Gustava Erwina Wilhelmine Stein in Vienna on October 18 1926, the daughter of Erwin Stein, a prominent Jewish musician and editor who had been a pupil of Schoenberg, and his wife Sophie.
“My father’s circle was that of the so-called Second Viennese School,” she once said, recalling that Alban Berg — whose opera Lulu her father had arranged into a vocal score — was “enormously tall and dark and handsome”.
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Inter-war Vienna, she said, “considered itself the musical shrine of the world”.
As a child she was immersed in music, such as Mozart’s The Magic Flute, although her father deemed Don Giovanni, Carmen and La Bohème unsuitable.
Mahler, with whom her father was acquainted, was another influence.
After the Anschluss in 1938 the family left Vienna; Erwin Stein joined Boosey & Hawkes in London, working as Britten’s publisher.
When he was interned on the Isle of Man in 1940, Marion and her mother were forced to survive on a weekly allowance of only £3.
After schooling in Kensington she studied with Kendall Taylor at the Royal College of Music.
The following year Britten dedicated Billy Budd to the Harewoods.
Between the first Leeds piano competition in 1963 — for which she persuaded Britten to write Notturno, a work that all the competitors were required to play — and the second in 1966, her marriage unravelled when Lord Harewood admitted adultery with Patricia Tuckwell, an Australian model.
“The Leeds” was first held in 1963 and quickly established a reputation as one of the foremost classical music competitions, on a par with the International Tchaikovsky in Moscow and the International Van Cliburn in Texas.
The roll-call of winners from its early days was spectacular — Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia and Dmitri Alexeev, among them — while those who took runners-up prizes was even more so: Mitsuko Uchida, András Schiff and Peter Donohoe, to name but a few.
In the early 1970s the pianist Moura Lympany introduced Marion to Jeremy Thorpe, the MP for North Devon, whose first wife, Caroline Allpass, had been killed in a car crash in June 1970.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating