Marie-Anne Couperin

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Marie-Anne Couperin was a 17th-century French organist and harpsichordist and a member of the musically prominent Couperin family, which included generations of famous composers and organists.[1][2][3]

Marie-Anne Couperin
Born11 November 1677
OccupationOrganist and harpsicordist

Born 11 November 1677 in Paris, Marie-Anne was baptized at the church of Saint-Louis-en-l'Isle in Dordogne, France on 14 November.[4][5] Although there are conflicting reports of her parentage (due to the similarity of names reused in the extended family), one credible source[4] says her parents were Francois Couperin (the "first") and his second wife, Louise Bongard. She was goddaughter and cousin of François Couperin (1668-1733) (called "François the second" or "Couperin the Great") and he served as the royal harpsichordist of Louis XIV.[2][3]

Marie-Anne was a cousin of the noted soprano and organist Marguerite-Louise Couperin (born about 1675), and Marie-Anne was aunt to the first woman to be appointed a royal court harpsichordist, Marguerite-Antoinette Couperin (1705 – c. 1778).[2][3][6]

Marie-Anne became known as the organist and harpsichordist at Maubuisson Abbey (also called Notre-Dame-la-Royale).[2] The ancient abbey, founded in 1236 by Blanche of Castile, is a Cistercian nunnery located at Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône, in the Val-d'Oise department of France.[7]


  1. ^ Mellers, Wilfrid (2007-03-01). Francois Couperin and the French Classical Tradition. Read Books. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-4067-0684-0.
  2. ^ a b c d Don, Randel (1996). The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-37299-3.
  3. ^ a b c Glaire, J. B. (Jean Baptiste); Walsh, Joseph-Alexis; Chantrel, Joseph; Orse, abbé; Alletz, Edouard (1840). Encyclopédie catholique, répertoire universel et raisonné des sciences, des lettres, des arts et des métiers, formant une bibliothèque universelle, avec la biographie des hommes célèbres; ornée de plus de 3000 gravures dans le texte et refermant le résumé de plus de dix mille ouvrages; (in French). New York Public Library. Paris, P. Desbarres. pp. 576–577.
  4. ^ a b Fétis, François Joseph (1878). Biographie universelle des musiciens et bibliographie générale de la musique. Suppl. et complément, publ. sous la direction de A. Pougin (in French). p. 209.
  5. ^ Bouvet, Charles (1919). Une Dynastie des musiciens français: Les Couperins, organistes de l'Eglise Saint-Gervais (in French). Georg Olms Verlag. p. 109. ISBN 978-3-487-40921-4.
  6. ^ Bowers, Jane M.; Tick, Judith (1987). Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition, 1150-1950. University of Illinois Press. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-252-01470-3.
  7. ^ "Maubuisson Abbey", Wikipedia, 2019-11-14, retrieved 2019-11-30

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