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date: 19 October 2019

Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d’Hardancourtlocked

  • Bruce Gustafson

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(b Paris, Dec 13, 1744; d Villers-sur-Mer, Calvados, Dec 5, 1824). French harpsichordist, pianist and composer. Both her father and her husband were financial officers for the crown, and her wealth allowed her to maintain salons in the Marais district of Paris and down the Seine at Passy. She was the musical star of these soirées, which Benjamin Franklin dubbed his ‘opera’ during his years in Passy (1777–85). The violinist André-Noël Pagin was a member of her entourage, and Johann Schobert, Luigi Boccherini, Ernst Eichner and Henri-Joseph Rigel all dedicated sonatas to her (opp.6, 5, 3 and 7 respectively). In 1770, Charles Burney reported that

she had not acquired her reputation in music without meriting it. She plays with great ease, taste and feeling – is an excellent sightswoman. … She likewise composes and she was so obliging as to play several of her own pieces both on the harpsichord and piano forte accompanied with the violin by M. Pagin....

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