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date: 20 August 2019

Bawr, (Alexandrine-)Sophie (Goury de Champgrand), Mme de [Comtesse de Saint-Simon, Baronne de Bawr; M. François]locked

  • Ralph P. Locke


[Comtesse de Saint-Simon, Baronne de Bawr; M. François]

(b Paris, Oct 8, 1773; d Paris, Dec 31, 1860). French composer and author. Though born out of wedlock to a marquis and an opera singer, she was recognized and reared by both parents. In her early years she took lessons from the singer Pierre Garat and the composers Grétry and Nicolas Roze and sang her own songs in salons (she was also an accomplished pianist). She was encouraged in composition by Adrien Boieldieu and the singer Jean Elleviou and may have been friendly with the singer-composer Sophie Gail. During her long life she published, mainly as Mme de Bawr, a number of touching and harmonically expert songs, wrote history books, novels, stories, one-act plays, mélodrames, as well as an opera. Some of her writings were translated into German or Spanish. An early feminist, she argued in her writings that the position of women in the arts needed to be improved....

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