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date: 22 August 2019

Wuiet [Vuiet], Caroline [Auffdiener, Baronne]locked

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[Auffdiener, Baronne]

(b 1766; d 1835). French author and composer. The daughter of an organist in Rambouillet, she was trained as a pianist and later obtained patronage from Marie-Antoinette. She studied with Beaumarchais and Greuze, and took composition lessons from Grétry. Two of his later letters to her survive (Froidcourt). Her L’heureuse erreur (1786) was intended as a sequel to Grétry and Desforges’ L'épreuve villageoise (1784) and was rehearsed with orchestra at the Comédie-Italienne, but not voted for public performance. At the Revolution she was arrested, but fled to Holland and then England.

During the Directory, Wuiet returned to fashionable Paris society and was the editor of several short-lived papers. In about 1807 she married one Colonel Auffdiener and lived with him in Lisbon, where he was posted. On the defeat of the French armies they returned to France but lived separately, and Wuiet continued to write both music and fiction. Her literary works include the three-act ...

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