Wanda Landowska: Master of the Harpsichord

Polish national, Wanda Landowska, brought the harpsichord revival to France and all of Europe in the early twentieth century. After beginning piano at age four she received a more formal music education beginning at the Warsaw Conservatory with Jan Kleczyńsky and...

Caryathis- A Feminist’s Perspective

The source that helped me to understand the contributions to “French” music that Caryathis made was found in Legacies of Twentieth Century Dance. Caryathis became a dancer against the wishes of her family and ran away from them to Monmartre and began her dance career....

Bad Boy of Music

Who better to explain George Antheil than the man himself? In his autobiography, Bad Boy of Music1, Antheil relates his life as a performer and composer, dissected into his various places of residence. Although he was born in the United States, he begins his story in...

Close Friends = Intimate Information

       So far in my research the best resources I have found to discern how influential Georges Auric was to French music has been through the words of his nearly lifelong friend, Francis Poulenc. Auric and Poulenc met in 1916. Older than Auric by only a month,...

Marcelle Meyer – Primary Sources

Marcelle Meyer (1897-1958) is a French pianist who studied at the Paris Conservatoire. She is known primarily for her association with Les Six and had quite a successful career performing throughout Europe.1 I’ll admit it – I signed up for Marcelle Meyer...