Mme Papavoine

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Madame Papavoine née Pellecier (born c. 1735, fl. 1755-61) was a French composer. She married violinist Louis-August Papavoine[1] some time before 1755.[2] Nothing else is known about Madame Papavoine; even her first name is a mystery. After 1761, her name is no longer mentioned.[1]


The Mercure de France published a "Catalogue des oeuvres de M. et Mme Papavoine" in of January 1755. This and later issues listed her works as:

  • Les arrets d’amour, cantatille as Mlle. Pellecier
  • La tourterelle, cantatille as Mlle. Pellecier
  • Les charmes de la voix, cantatille as Mlle. Pellecier
  • La fête de l’amour, cantatille as Mlle. Pellecier
  • Issé, cantatilles as Mlle. Pellecier
  • Le joli rien, cantatille as Mlle. Pellecier
  • Le triomphe des plaisirs, cantatille, as Mme. Papavoine
  • Le Cabriolet, cantatille with two violins, as Mme. Papavoine
  • Nous voici donc au jour l’an, 12-bar unaccompanied air gaiment
  • Vous fuyez sans vouloir m’entendre, chanson (1756)
  • Reviens, aimable Thémire, ‘pastoralle’ (1761)
  • La France sauvée ou Le triomphe de la vertù, cantatille [3]


  1. ^ a b Van Boer, Bertil H. (2012), Historical Dictionary of Music of the Classical Period, Scarecrow Press, pp. 432–433, ISBN 0810871831.
  2. ^ Bowers, Jane M.; Tick, Judith (1986). Women making music: the western art tradition.
  3. ^ Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (2001). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.