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date: 17 August 2019

Le Hye [née Rousseau], Louise-Geneviève de locked

  • Julie Anne Sadie

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(b Charenton, March 8, 1810; d Paris, Nov 17, 1838). French pianist, organist and composer. She was a collateral descendant of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. A child prodigy, she studied first with her father, Charles-Louis Rousseau, then with Louis-Joseph Saint-Amans; when she was 11 she was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire. According to Fétis, she was invited in 1830 by the Conservatoire director, Luigi Cherubini, to teach harmony to a class of young girls, and took the solo part in her fantasy for organ and orchestra in a Conservatoire performance on 10 April 1831. She married shortly thereafter and gave up her appointment to move to Cambrai, but returned to Paris at the end of 1834 and resumed teaching. In 1835 her dramatic choral work Le songe de la religieuse was performed at the Hôtel de Ville. She published a number of works (among them a set of variations on ‘La muette de Portici’ under the pseudonym ‘M. Léon Saint-Amans ...

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