Article from Number 42 - 2018 - Couperin’s muse. Mademoiselle de Chabeuil, prince Antoine I of Monaco’s daughter
As his nickname "prince musician" suggests, Antoine the Ist of Monaco, who ruled from 1701 to 1731, was an unexperienced music lover, not only sensitive to French or Italian harmonies. Like his ancestors, he taught his children the love of art in particular the love of music. His three daugthers were muscians, it was with the youngest, Marie-Pelline (1708-1726), which he did share this passion, practicing with her everyday. Harpsichordist emeritus, she will remain famous thanks to the great François Couperin, intimate friend of his father, as shown by several letters. In 1722 he dedicated to Marie-Pelline a composition, a delicate musical portrait : "The Princess of Chabeüil, or the muse of Monaco".
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