Grandval [née de Reiset], (Félicie) Clémence de, Vicomtesse de [Marie de; Blangy, Caroline; Reiset, Maria Felicita de; Reiset de Tesier, Maria; Valgrand, Clémence]
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[Marie de; Blangy, Caroline; Reiset, Maria Felicita de; Reiset de Tesier, Maria; Valgrand, Clémence]
(b St Rémy-des-Monts, Sarthe, Jan 21, 1828; d Paris, Jan 15, 1907). French composer. Born into a well-to-do family, Marie de Reiset started her musical studies at the age of six. Her earliest compositions were completed in her early teens under the tuition of Friedrich Flotow, a family friend; he left Paris, however, before her musical education was complete. After her marriage to the Vicomte de Grandval, she studied with Saint-Saëns for two years. In 1859 her one-act operetta Le sou de Lise was given its première at the Bouffes-Parisiens, Paris, and was published the same year under the pseudonym Caroline Blangy. Other works appeared under various pen names, including Clémence Valgrand, Maria Felicita de Reiset and Maria Reiset de Tesier.
In 1880 Grandval won the Concours Rossini for her oratorio La fille de Jaïre, which was first performed the following year at the Paris Conservatoire. In addition to the nine known dramatic works, Grandval left a manuscript of a grand opera in four acts. She also wrote three symphonies, two concertos, a concert overture (unpublished), music for a ballet, more than ten chamber works, and many piano pieces and vocal works. She continued to compose until her death....