Guédon de Presles, Mlle
- Nicholas Anderson
(b early 18th century; dc1754). French composer, singer and actress. She may have been the daughter of Honoré-Claude Guédon de Presles. She spent most of her life in Paris, where she worked at the court theatre as a singer, actress and composer under the name ‘Mlle Guédon’. Her song ‘Sans une brillante fortune’ appeared in Ballard's Meslanges de musique latine (Paris, 1728); more songs by her appeared during the next four years, alongside those of other women, in anthologies printed in The Hague (Nouveau recueil de chansons choisies, 1729) as well as Paris (Meslanges, 1728–32). Between 1742 and 1748 the Mercure de France published several of her airs. She sang regularly in concerts at court, in the chapelle as well as in the musique de chambre, where Honoré-Claude had previously been employed. On 10 June 1748 she appeared in the entrée ...