Marcelle Meyer

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Marcelle Meyer with the Groupe des Six , 1922

Marcelle Meyer (born May 22, 1897 in Lille , † November 17, 1958 in Paris ) was a French classical pianist .


At the age of five, Marcelle Meyer received her first piano lessons from her sister Germaine. In 1911 she was admitted to the Paris Conservatory , studied with Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long and received a first prize at the age of 16 when she performed a piano concerto by Saint-Saëns . She continued her studies with Ricardo Viñes , who introduced her to Maurice Ravel . On the occasion of the world premiere of Satie's Parade she met Debussy , who explained to her how to play his Preludes . With Francis Poulenc she realized the world premiere of his piano sonata for four hands . In the early 1920s she took part in numerous other world premieres, including by Stravinsky , Darius Milhaud , Arthur Honegger , Roland-Manuel and Igor Markevitch , and gave recitals in other European countries. She also dealt with French clavecinists such as François Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau , with Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti , and there is also a recording of Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto from 1956 with her as a soloist.

In 1922 the painter Jacques-Émile Blanche created a group picture with her, Jean Cocteau and the Groupe des Six . In the interwar period , Meyer was considered the muse of the Parisian avant-garde . Her admirers include the music critic André Tubeuf and the pianist Alexandre Tharaud , who, like them, has recorded works by Jean-Philippe Rameau on the piano.

Marcelle Meyer died in 1958 in her sister's apartment in Paris when she was preparing for an American tour at the invitation of the conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos . Her first marriage was to the actor Pierre Bertin , with whom she had a daughter. Their second daughter is from her second marriage to Carlo Di Vieto, an Italian lawyer.

Individual evidence

  1. KölnKlavier: Manuscripts W. Lempfrid.

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Audio samples

JS Bach: Two-part Invention No. 1 in C major, BWV 772
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite in A minor (1728): Gavotte with 6 variations