Images de la musique française de piano (1871-1940) – 2008

Desjardin Marguerite Long et Gabriel Fauré au piano jouant une ballade, dessin, 1909

This exhibition, crossing arts as painting and music, redraws the brilliant story of French piano school during the Third French Republic, where composers and interpreters met, accompanied themselves, and matched each other throughout this prosperous time.

The exhibition mentions this artistic movement where we meet again musicians and interpreters such as composers, usually excellent pianists.

Documents, autographs and letters, paintings, drawings and photographs, coming from public and private French collections, are testament of relations between composers and pianists more intimately, completed with musical documents, hand-written music scores of piano works.


From October 16th to January 18th, 2009.


Musée des Beaux-Arts of Orléans.


French piano school blooming reasons from the third part of the 19th century, are numerous. They depend as much on a sociohistorical context as on emergence of innovative aesthetics movements developed in all artistic creation fields. All can be find in this exhibition, with a lovely catalogue of 80 pages where go by images signed by Manet, Van Gogh or Renoir and allows us to hear in recital Keiko Kurachi (Ricardo Viñes Prize).

François Porcile,

Exhibition Curator


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