Hélène de Montgeroult

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Hélène de Nervo de Montgeroult

Hélène de Nervo de Montgeroult (1764–1836) was a French pianist and composer. She was born into an aristocratic family and studied piano with Nicolas Joseph Hüllmandel and Jan Ladislav Dussek. She married the Marquis de Montgeroult who died as an Austrian prisoner in 1793.

After her husband's death, de Montgeroult took a position at the new Paris Conservatoire in 1795, where she taught for two years. Afterward she published two volumes of music.[1][2] Reportedly it was respect for her compositions that allowed her to survive the French Reign of Terror.[3]


Selected works include:

  • Trois sonatas pour le forte-piano, collection
  • Cours complet pour l'enseignement du forte-piano, collection

Her works have been recorded and issued on CD, including:

  • Hélène de Montgeroult - La Marquise et la Marseillaise (12 May 2008) Editions Hortus


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Bowers, Jane; Tick, Judith (1987). Women making music: the Western art tradition, 1150-1950 (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Presto Classical

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