Vieu, Jane [Jeanne Elisabeth Marie; Valette, Pierre]
- Judy Tsou
- , revised by William Cheng
[Jeanne Elisabeth Marie; Valette, Pierre]
(b Béziers, 1871; d Paris, April 8, 1955). French composer. Little is known about Vieu’s life. She composed about 100 works – orchestral, operatic, chamber, piano and vocal – some of which were published under the pseudonym Pierre Valette. Her musical idiom is decidedly 19th-century in its formal and harmonic character, despite the fact that she lived well into the 20th century. Among her possible composition teachers were Jules Massenet and André Gédalge. Her operetta Arlette received its première in Brussels, at the Théâtre Royal des Galeries St Hubert, on 28 October 1904.
From 1907 onwards, Vieu’s compositions were published by Maurice Vieu, presumably her brother, with whom she later formed a publishing house (Maurice Vieu and Jane Vieu) in Paris. She wrote a solfège manual, Dix leçons de solfège manuscrites à changement clès (Paris, 1913), designed for use at the Paris Conservatoire and dedicated to its director Gabriel Fauré....