Marcelle de Lacour

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Marcelle and Robert de Lacour

Marcelle de Lacour (born Marcelle Schaeffer , born November 6, 1896 in Besançon , † March 24, 1997 ) was a French harpsichordist.


Marcelle Antoinette Eugénie de Lacour had piano lessons as a child and later also harp lessons. In the 1920s she came to Paris with her husband Robert de Lacour , a lawyer and music lover, where she studied harpsichord with Wanda Landowska .

She then performed as a harpsichord soloist all over Europe. Her repertoire included a. Works by Jean-Baptiste Loeillet de Gant , Joseph Bodin de Boismortier , Michel Richard de Lalande , Jean-Baptiste Lully , Marc-Antoine Charpentier , François Couperin , Jean-Philippe Rameau , Henry Purcell , Johann Pachelbel , Johann Sebastian Bach , Heinrich Schütz , Dietrich Buxtehude , Domenico Scarlatti , Georg Friedrich Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann . She also played works by contemporary composers such as Bohuslav Martinů , Florent Schmitt , Alexandre Tansman and Francis Poulenc , who composed harpsichord pieces for her.

After the Second World War, de Lacour appeared as a soloist with the Orchester Philharmonique de Paris and the Orchester National de France and as a chamber musician with the oboist Pierre Pierlot , the flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and the Trio Pasquier .

When the former organ professor Marcel Dupré became director of the Paris Conservatory , he suggested to Marcelle de Lacour in 1955 to set up a harpsichord class at the Conservatory, which she directed until 1967. In 2000, the Marcelle et Robert de Lacour Foundation was founded to promote music and dance.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Curriculum vitae of Marcelle de Lacour on the Fondation Lacour website
  2. Curriculum vitae on the website of the harpsichord class of the Paris Conservatory