Composers You Should Know: Louise Farrenc

Today (May 31) is the 213th birthday of composer, educator, and virtuosic pianist Louise Farrenc (1804-1875). A celebrated composer in her time, she was the student of Muzio Clementi and Anton Reicha.  She had tremendous support of her family, which led to an extensive touring career, an appointment of Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatory (where she taught for an outstanding 30 years), and many publications in her lifetime.  Among her works are many pieces for piano, three symphonies, two overtures, and several celebrated pieces for chamber ensembles.  Her compositions were known during her lifetime, and received the praise of many critics…