Louise Geneviève de La Hye

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Louise Geneviève de Le Hye née Rousseau (8 March 1810 - 17 November 1838) was a French pianist, organist and composer, who sometimes used the pseudonym M. Leon Saint-Amons.

Life and career[edit]

Louise Geneviève Rousseau was born in Charenton, France, daughter of Charles-Louis Rousseau and grand niece of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. She studied piano with her father and with Louis Joseph Saint-Amans, and in 1821 entered the Paris Conservatory.[1]

Rousseau began teaching at the Conservatory in 1930, but moved to Cambrai after she married. She had two children and returned to Paris in 1834 where she continued teaching and composing. She suffered from poor health and died in Paris at the age of 28.[2]


De Le Hye composed works including an opera, cantatas, masses, piano works, duos and string quartets. Selected compositions include:

  • Le songe de la religieuse
  • Six mélodies italiennes

Her Méthode d'orgue expressif was published after her death.


  1. ^ Stewart-Green, Miriam (1980). Women composers: a checklist of works for the solo voice.
  2. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.