26 March 2005

  Farrenc, Louise (1804-1875)

Born in Paris. She entered the Paris Consevatoire at 15. It was rare at this time for women to be taught composition, let alone aim for a career in music. She wrote many piano works, 2 overtures and 3 symphonies but although all were performed none were published. Her style is rather conservative early romantic, employing subtle dissonances. Farrenc gained equality being appointed Professor of Piano (1842), received the same salary as her male colleagues, and was honoured with the Prix Chartier Academie des Beaux-Arts (1861/1869).

Features in Historical Anthology of Music by Women


Symphonies nos. 1 and 3

Symphony No. 1 op. 32 in C minor
Symphony No. 3 op. 36 in G minor
Radio-Philharmonic Hanover.

Total Playing Time: 66:12
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1998          £14  

Sextet, Nonet, Trio

Performed by: Ambache Chamber Ensemble

Sextet for Piano and Wind in C minor
Nonet for Strings and Wind in E flat, op. 38
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano in E minor, op. 45


Total Playing Time: 73:52
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1996          £12   Out of Print

Piano Quintets

Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, and Double Bass No. 1 in A minor op. 30
Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, and Double Bass No. 2 in E major op. 31
Linos Ensemble.

Total Playing Time: 57:07
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1993          £12  



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