HÉLÈNE DE MONTGEROULT (1764-1836): Piano Sonata No. 9 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 5/3, Fugue No. 1 in F Minor, from Complete Course for the Instruction of the Pianoforte: Études Nos. 7, 17, 19, 26, 28, 37, 55, 65, 66, 104, 106 and 107, Thème Varié dans le genre moderne.

Catalogue Number: 02S035

Label: Orchid Classics

Reference: ORC 100063

Format: CD

Price: $13.98

Description: A child prodigy born in Lyon, Montgeroult married a marquis who then got offed in the Revolution which she survived by improvising at the piano on the Marseillaise before the Committee of Public Safety. She was the first woman professor to be nominated to the Paris Conservatory (1795) and she had all nine of her piano sonatas published (apparently) during that decade. The notes are titled “Plagiarism by Anticipation”, a perfect title since you will hear much here that sounds like composers who weren’t born yet or who were children when Montgeroult wrote them - Chopin, Schubert and Schumann especially - while the several references to Bach also anticipate the Romantics' revival of interest in him. Edna Stern (1860 Pleyel piano).

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