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date: 21 September 2019

Montgeroult, Hélène-Antoinette-Marie de Nervo de [Countess de Charnage ]locked

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[Countess de Charnage ]

(b Lyons, March 2, 1764; d Florence, May 20, 1836). French virtuoso fortepianist and composer. She was trained in Paris as a fortepianist by N.-J. Hüllmandel, Clementi (1784) and then J.L. Dussek; still later she studied with Antoine Reicha. In 1784 she married the Marquis de Montgeroult (d 1793), then Charles-Hyacinte His, whom she divorced in 1802, and finally the Count du Charnage (d 1826).

In 1795 she was appointed professeur de première classe at the newly established Paris Conservatoire, where her pupils included L.-B. Pradher, A.P.F. Boëly and I.A. Ladurner. Her home was later recognized as one of the most important Parisian musical salons. At the turn of the century she published her two collections of Trois sonates pour le forte-piano and later a Cours complet pour l’enseignement du forte-piano (in three volumes, ?1820), which Marmontel praised as an important resource of musicianship. A passionate admirer of Handel, Montgeroult applied the art of singing to playing the piano. She died while travelling in Italy and is buried in the cloister of S Croce in Florence....

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