Blandine Verlet

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Blandine Verlet (27 February 1942 – 30 December 2018)[1][2] was a French harpsichordist and a harpsichord teacher, who is known internationally for her recordings of works by François Couperin.


Born in Paris into a musical family, she was the seventh of ten children, and in 1957 gained admission to the Conservatoire de Paris, studying piano and harpsichord. Having decided on her specialty, she studied harpsichord with Huguette Dreyfus in Paris,[3] Ruggero Gerlin in Siena and with Ralph Kirkpatrick at Yale University.[4] A significant competition prize in Paris in 1963 led to engagements in Italy and Germany.

Verlet was widely praised for her recordings of Bach's music, including the Goldberg Variations.[5] She is perhaps best known for having played the music of her compatriot François Couperin, displaying exceptional sensitivity and imagination. Verlet recorded Couperin's complete works in the 1970s and 80s, and in late 2011 she returned to re-record five 'ordres' on the period Henri Hemsch harpsichord. Verlet wrote a poem in celebration of Couperin which accompanied the release, the closing lines of which exemplify her great imaginative empathy with this key French composer:

We hope we too have managed to grasp
your art of playing the harpsichord.
The art of both poetry and precision.
The art of whispering, murmuring.
The song without words, lighter for having no text.
Wandering shadows, expressions of the heart.
Our thanks to you, Francois Couperin. (tr. Mary Pardoe)

Verlet died at the age of 76.[6]



  1. ^ Moller, Nathalie (30 December 2018). "Disparition de la claveciniste française Blandine Verlet" (in French). France Musique. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Décès de Blandine Verlet" (in French). ResMusica. 30 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  3. ^ Baumont, Olivier (2015). "Le Dictionnaire universel des créatrices". Edition des femmes. ISBN 2721006517.
  4. ^ Serrou, Bruno (30 November 2016). "La classe de clavecin du Conservatoire de Paris". La Revue du Conservatoire (3). ISSN 2265-2876.
  5. ^ Haskins, Rob (2016). Classical Listening: Two Decades of Reviews in The American Record Guide. Rowman & Littelfield. ISBN 978 1 44 224935 6.
  6. ^ Mort de la claveciniste Blandine Verlet, exceptionnelle interprète de François Couperin on Le Figaro (31 12 2018)

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