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Salons – In the salons of Napoleon

Under the Empire, the great Parisian salons continued their musical activities begun under the Directoire and the Consulate: Ingres thus hosted quartet sessions every Friday in the Jardin des Capucines, while Sophie Gail welcomed the capital’s fashionable singers. The most brilliant of these salons was undoubtedly the Prince de Chimay’s, located in the Rue de Babylone, which brought together an orchestra composed of the most prominent Parisian virtuosos, including the violinists Kreutzer, Rode and Baillot, who sometimes played their own works. As for the Emperor, he organised private concerts in the Tuileries, notably on the occasion of his birthday, on 15 August. While these events tended to favour vocal music, Empress Josephine organised weekly concerts dedicated to chamber music at the Château de Malmaison, featuring the greatest Parisian artists around the harp of the Nadermann brothers and the horn of Frédéric Duvernoy. At the same time, in the homes of the great bourgeoisie, many amateurs, both men and women, took up playing the pianoforte.

    Works - 9
  • String Quartet in A major, Op. 8/3 (George Onslow)
  • String Quartet in C minor, Op. 8/1 (George Onslow)
  • Quatuor à cordes op. 34 n° 1 (Pierre Baillot)
  • Sonate pour violon et piano n° 2 (Ferdinand Hérold)
  • Trente-six Fugues pour piano (Antoine Reicha)
  • Trio en ré majeur pour violon, alto et violoncelle op. 5 n° 1 (Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly)
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  • INGRES, Jean-Auguste-Dominique (1780-1867)
  • RODE, Pierre (1774-1830)
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  • Nicephor, Sylvie – Romances françaises, 1795-1815. Questions d’interprétation
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  • Blangini, Félix – Souvenirs (1834)