Renié, Henriette (Gabrielle Marie Sophie)
- Jaymee Haefner
(Gabrielle Marie Sophie)
(b Paris, 18 Sept 1875; d Paris, 1 March 1956). French harpist, composer, and teacher. Henriette Renié was the youngest of five children and the only daughter in her family. While riding on a train with her father, the five-year-old Renié pointed to the harpist Alphonse Hasselmans and declared he would be her teacher. After three years of the piano, Renié began harp lessons at the Érard workshop with Hasselmans and later entered the Conservatoire de Paris, winning her premier prix at the age of 11. As a young girl Renié commented upon the difficulty of the harp’s pedals to Gustave Lyon (of Pleyel), inadvertently renewing interest in cross-strung chromatic harps.
Renié toured with the Lamoureux Orchestra under the baton of Camille Chevillard and collaborated with Paul Paray, Ernest Van Dyck, Jacques Thibaud, Jeanne Raunay, Claire Croiza, and Pablo Casals. She gave the première of Gabrielle Pierne’s Concertstück...