Denise Restout

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Denise Restout (November 24, 1915 – March 9, 2004[1]) was a French keyboard teacher, expert on German and French Baroque performance practice for the keyboard. She was assistant,[2] protégé, domestic partner,[3] editor, and biographer for noted harpsichordist Wanda Landowska.[4][5][6]

Born in Paris, Restout studied drawing, geometry, art history and painting at the Bazot Studios, and was admitted to the School of Applied Arts of Paris in 1928. Restout received the first medal of the National Conservatory of Music (Paris) in 1930. Restout worked for a time at the Pleyel Company factory in France.[7] In 1933[8] she began study of the harpsichord with Wanda Landowska and the organ with Joseph Bonnet. As a performer Restout appeared at Landowska's public master classes in France and the Netherlands and in recitals in Paris, Strasbourg and elsewhere.

Restout and Landowska, who was of Polish and Jewish origin, escaped Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France during the Nazi advance in 1940[9] and arrived in the United States in 1941 at Ellis Island on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack.[10]

When Landowska died on August 16, 1959, Restout inherited her estate including her papers and collection of musical instruments. She continued to teach at the Landowska Center,[11] their home in Lakeville, Connecticut until her death. In 1964 she published, with Robert Hawkins of The Hotchkiss School, Landowska on Music, a collection of Landowska's writings on music, which included material from Musique ancienne which Restout translated into English from the original French, and many of the master-class notes that Restout had saved during their flight from France.[10]

Restout was a member of the faculties (at large) of the Barlow School in Amenia, NY, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Hartt School, University of Southern Mississippi, and Purchase College.[1]

Later in life, Restout was organist at St. Mary's Roman Catholic church in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Restout was awarded the Amicus Poloniae citation by the government of Poland.

Further reading[edit]

  • Landowska, Wanda. Landowska on music. Collected, edited, and translated by Denise Restout, assisted by Robert Hawkins. New York, Stein and Day [1964] : Includes a new translation into English of Musique ancienne, see below.
  • Recording: Wanda Landowska plays Bach; Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) Wanda Landowska, harpsichord, with Denise Restout, harpsichord continuo, conducted by Eugène Bigot Recorded 1936, 1938 1947 (Pearl #169, July 23, 2002)
  • "Landowska: Uncommon Visionary" / directed by Barbara Attie and Diane Pontius ; producers, Barbara Attie, Diane Pontius, Janet Goldwater.: 1997 : (VHS) : sd., col. & b&w
  • Landowska, Wanda. Musique ancienne; le mépris pour les anciens—la force de la sonorité—le style—l’interprétation—les virtuoses—les Mécènes et la Musique. Avec la collaboration de M. Henri Lew-Landowski. [Paris, M. Senart, 1921.]
  • CHAMBONNIERES, JACQUES CHAMPION DE (1601/2–1672) Oeuvres complètes. Ed. by P. Brunold & A. Tessier. Reprint of the Paris, 1925, edition. English translation & new preface by D. Restout. Cloth.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paid Notice: Deaths; Restout, Denise Theresa; The New York Times; March 21, 2004
  2. ^ "Music Notes: Some Newport Novelties"; Raymond Ericson; New York Times (1987-Current file); Jul 8, 1979; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2004) pg D19
  3. ^ Landowska, Wanda. Landowska on music. Collected, edited, and translated by Denise Restout, assisted by Robert Hawkins. New York, Stein and Day [1964] pg 23
  4. ^ "The Well Tempered Collection" (Connecticut Weekly Desk)(Music). Brian Wise. The New York Times (May 22, 2005): p12(L).,
  5. ^ "The Resolute Rediscover of the Harpsichord"; Anthony Tommasini; New York Times; Jul 10, 1999; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2004) pg B15
  6. ^ "An Ecstasy for Music"; Harold C. Schonberg; New York Times 1857-Current; Dec 20, 1964; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2004) pg BR6
  7. ^ Allen, Fredrick Lewis : "After Hours:In Order to Love..." : Harpers Magazine : July 1949 : p 100 : http://harpers.org/archive/1949/07/page/0102 : Accessed Sep 29, 2007
  8. ^ Landowska, Wanda. Landowska on music. Collected, edited, and translated by Denise Restout, assisted by Robert Hawkins. New York, Stein and Day [1964] pg 20
  9. ^ "Wanda Landowska." Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Vol 26. Thomson Gale, 2006. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2007. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC
  10. ^ a b Landowska, Wanda. Landowska on music. Collected, edited, and translated by Denise Restout, assisted by Robert Hawkins. New York, Stein and Day [1964] p21
  11. ^ "Frances Cole, Music Teacher, Dies at 45"; New York Times (1857-Current file); Jan 26, 1983; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2004) pg A17