Folville, Eugénie-Emilie Juliette
- James R. Briscoe
(b Liège, Jan 5, 1870; d Castres/Dourgnes, 19/Oct 28, 1946). Belgian pianist, violinist, teacher and composer. She began to study music with her father and later entered the violin class of Ovide Musin at the Liège Conservatoire. She also studied the violin with Charles Malherbe and César Thomson, counterpoint and fugue (premier prix 1887) at the Conservatoire, composition with Jean-Théodore Radoux and the piano with Delaborde in Paris. In 1879 she embarked on a virtuoso violin and piano career, travelling throughout Europe. She was also a pioneer in the revival of the harpsichord, and taught historical performing practice and the piano at the Liège Conservatoire.
Her many compositions exhibit a distinctive compositional craft, accomplished scoring, some chromaticism, and an elegance of style paralleling that of Massenet. Her only opera, Atala (1892), was well received when presented in Lille and Rouen in 1892...