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She was one of the few international women pianists to bring a feminine approach to the keyboard.

Although capable of generating a powerful sound, her phrasing was delicate and clear.

Despite being a giant of the keyboard, Alicia de Larrocha's diminutive stature – she stood only 4ft 9in – and modest demeanour could throw even the most strident critic off his guard.

Similarly her hands were unusually small for a pianist, spanning an interval of barely a tenth on the keyboard.

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Meanwhile Artur Rubinstein, whose career began in Spain and whom she first met when she was a child, was her musical idol.Her virtual monopoly on the works of the Spanish composers – notably Isaac Albéniz's Iberia, Enrique Granados's Goyescas and Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain – meant that few other pianists could go near them without drawing unfavourable comparisons.But it brought to those composers recognition and appreciation far beyond the Iberian peninsula.As she gradually tired of touring and grew to appreciate her home life (she often regretted leaving her son when he was one month old for an international tour), so she increasingly enjoyed the intimacy of the chamber music repertoire.It was fitting that her New York farewell six years ago was with the Tokyo String Quartet rather than a full-blown orchestra.

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