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date: 25 August 2019

Delaval [de la Valle, Delavel, De Laval, etc.], Madame [née Adélaïde-Suzanne-Camille Larrivée, L’arrivée]locked

  • Bonnie Shaljean
  • , revised by Jessica R. Suchy-Pilalis

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[née Adélaïde-Suzanne-Camille LarrivéeL’arrivée]

(b Paris, Oct 12, 1763; d after 1804). French harpist, pianist and composer. She was the elder daughter of Henri Larrivée and Marie-Jeanne Lemière, soloists at the Paris Opera, and sister of violinist Agathe-Élisabeth-Henriette Larrivée (later Mme. Borghese). Delaval was a student of Krumpholtz family §(1). In 1791, she gave her London début performance and she appeared throughout the decade, primarily as a solo harpist but also as a pianist, on series such as Salomon’s, Ashley’s Oratorio, New Musical Fund and Opera subscription concerts, where she performed solos, concertos and chamber music. Haydn makes mention of her in a notebook from the London years. While sometimes compared less favorably to Anne-Marie Krumpholtz, she also received much praise, such as ‘Madame Delaval struck out with her “flying fingers,” such effects from the Harp, as confirms all that the Poets insist on of the Antients performance on that noble and sublime instrument’ (...

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