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La duchesse de Villeroy (1731-1816) : une femme riche, libre et très investie dans la musique

Abstract : Jeanne-Louise Constance d'Aumont (1731-1816), married with Gabriel-Louis-François de Neufville (1731-1794), fifth and last duke of Villeroy, was a great Parisian aristocrat,. The couple practices private theater and private music : their hotel in the rue de Varenne was equipped with a small theater where noblemen and professional actors gave occasional performances. The couple also offered private concerts and had hired the services of the music master Philippe-Adrien Leemans and about fifteen musicians whose names have been identified in the 1770-1780 period, as Grenier, Domnich, Tauch, Marchal or the pianoforte maker Sébastien Erard. The duchess of Villeroy was the dedicatee of numerous works of music or on music music from the 1750s to the 1780s and occasionally collaborated with librettists. As a harpsichordist herself, she probably had Jacques Duphly as her harpsichord master and was interested in the evolution of keyboard instruments in the 1770s and 1780s of keyboard instruments, to the point of trying out Erard's prototypes. The duchess still had a very fine music library, which incorporated the collections of her own family, the Aumont and Brouillys, and that of Louis-André de Brancas, a nobleman from Provence, who in the 1720s collected scores for himself and for the Academy of Music in Avignon, which was then in its debuts. This paper focuses on a musical and theatrical portrait of the duchess of Villeroy, to show how supported the arts and artists.
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Laurent Guillo. La duchesse de Villeroy (1731-1816) : une femme riche, libre et très investie dans la musique. Women and music in the early modern age, Divino Sospiro : Centro de Estudos Musicais Setecentistas de Portugal, Jul 2021, Lisbonne, Portugal. ⟨hal-03494657⟩



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