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MADELEINE GROVLEZ

Madeleine Grovlez-Fourgeaud was born in Poitiers (a city on the Clain river in west central France) on 2 July 1889. She studied with Isidor Philipp at the Paris Conservatoire, where she received her first medal at the age of 11 and three years later first prize. She married Gabriel Grovlez (1879–1944), composer and conductor of the Paris Opéra (1914–1933). They lived in Paris up on Montmartre way which was described by a New York Times interviewer on 3 September 1922 as follows: “The walls of the music room are gray, with here and there an etching, a brocade; the hangings and carpet are a deep purple, against which two grand pianos make the only outline of furniture. ‘What fun we have had planning it all,’ Mme Grovlez said. From the windows of the Grovlez apartment may be seen those oriental domes of Sacré Coeur that mirror the fickle humour of the Parisian sky and seem so naturally to relate themselves to a Celtic race. There, too, are the gray roofs and mushroom growth of slender chimneys. ‘Here I live in an atmosphere completely musical,’ she added. ‘Our friends are musicians and here my husband and I work together; he aids me unspeakably, you know, in my work.’” Madeleine Grovlez appeared in concerts around the world, including three different solo appearances at the Concertgebouw in 1923 and a tour of the United States in 1931–32. She also collaborated in chamber music concerts with Françoise and Madeleine Monnier. With violinist Yvonne Astruc she gave the première of Lennox Berkeley’s First Violin Sonata in 1932. Although it is not clear when she met Alberto Williams (1862–1952), perhaps on one of her tours of South America, he admired her playing and dedicated several piano works to her.

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