Bocquet, Mlle (Anne or Marguerite)
- Monique Rollin
(Anne or Marguerite)
(b ?Paris, early 17th century; d Paris, after 1660). French lutenist and composer. She played ‘miraculously’ on the lute, according to Mlle de Scudéry, whose confidante she was and with whom from 1653 to 1659 she held a famous salon inspired by that of the Hôtel de Rambouillet. Here she was in touch with various artists and some of the founders of the Académie Française – Sarazin, Conrart, Pélisson and Chapelain among them. She very probably composed the music in a manuscript (F-Pn) containing 17 Préludes marquant les cadences and a Prélude sur tous les tons for the lute, which constitute a thorough exploration of various tonalities, taking the chromatic possibilities of the lute as their starting-point. Other lute pieces, which bear the name Bocquet and must be attributed to her, are found in French, German and English manuscripts of the second half of the 17th century. (All this music appears in M. Rollin and A. Souris, eds.: ...