FR6

ITEMNUMBER

REGION OR CITY,

special

SHORTINFO

LIMOUSIN

fr6.8711

87 - Haute-Vienne, Limoges

x

fr6.1911

19 - Corrèze, Moustier Ventadour

Ventadorn°

fr6.1931

19 - Corrèze, Tulle

RJ accordions

AUVERGNE

fr6.1511

15 - Cantal, Vic-sur-Cère

Canteloube, Peire de Vic

fr6.4321

43 - Haute-Loire, Le-Monastier-sur-Gazeille

K

fr6.4331

43 - Haute-Loire, La Chaise-Dieu

I - K

fr6.6311

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Clermont-Ferrand

B Rameau

fr6.6313

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Clermont-Ferrand

J - folklore

fr6.6316

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Clermont-Ferrand

F Onslow†

fr6.6317

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Clermont-Ferrand

F Onslow

fr6.6318

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Clermont-Ferrand

E Onslow

fr6.6321

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Mirefleurs

L Onslow

fr6.6331

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Pérignat-sur-Allier

F Onslow

fr6.6341

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Collanges

L (Onslow)

fr6.6361

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Ambert

FO Chabrier

fr6.6362

63 - Puy-de-Dôme, Ambert

C Chabrier

fr6.0311

03 - Allier, Vichy

Q H

fr6.0312

03 - Allier, Vichy

J opera

fr6.0315

03 - Allier, Vichy

F I. Strauss

fr6.0321

03 - Allier, Gannat

I ethnic music

fr6.0331

03 - Allier, Jenzat

J hurdy-gurdy

fr6.0351

03 - Allier, Montluçon

J popular music

fr6.0356

03 - Allier, Montluçon

FO Messager°

BOURGOGNE

fr6.1711

71 - Saône-et-Loire, Le Villars

F Varèse

fr6.2110

21 - Côte-d'Or, Dijon

L musical history

fr6.2112

21 - Côte-d'Or, Dijon

O Mozart

fr6.2114

21 - Côte-d'Or, Dijon

H Q

fr6.2115

21 - Côte-d'Or, Dijon

Q - C Rameau

fr6.2116

21 - Côte-d'Or, Dijon

FO Rameau° - B

fr6.2117

21 - Côte-d'Or, Dijon

B - Rameau

fr6.2118

21 - Côte-d'Or, Dijon

BK musical history

fr6.2119

21 - Côte-d'Or, Dijon

L - Rameau

fr6.2121

21 - Côte-d'Or, Gemeaux

FO Rameau family

fr6.2131

21 - Côte-d'Or, Le Chaleur

F - Mozart

fr6.8921

89 - Yonne, Saint-Fargeau

J recording - Piaf

fr6.8941

89 - Yonne, Bichain

FO - Debussy

fr6.8942

89 - Yonne, Bichain

C Debussy

CENTRE/VAL-DE-LOIRE

fr6.4511

45 - Loiret, Vimory

L Legrand

fr6.2811

28 - Eure-et-Loir, Chartres

B K

fr6.2823

28 - Eure-et-Loir, Dreux

K

fr6.2825

28 - Eure-et-Loir, Dreux

FO Philidor

fr6.2826

28 - Eure-et-Loir, Dreux

K

fr6.4121

41 - Loir-et-Cher, Montoire-sur-le-Loir

J folklore

fr6.4131

41 - Loir-et-Cher, Chailles

L - Heller

fr6.4151

41 - Loir-et-Cher, Chambord

L - Lully

fr6.3711

37 - Indre-et-Loire, Chenonceaux

L - Rousseau, Debussy

fr6.3721

37 - Indre-et-Loire, Noizay

special

G Poulenc

fr6.3731

37 - Indre-et-Loire, Parçay-Meslay

H

fr6.3741

37 - Indre-et-Loire, Membrolle-sur-Choisille

FO Chabrier

fr6.3751

37 - Indre-et-Loire, Tours

Ockeghem

fr6.3753

37 - Indre-et-Loire, Tours

Q

fr6.3611

36 - Indre, Nohant-Vic

special

G Sand - Chopin

fr6.3621

36 - Indre, La Châtre

J Sand c.s. - C

fr6.8711

x

Limoges (87)

crypte de Saint-Martial

Remains of the Abbey of Saint Martial, an important musical centre in the Middle-Ages. The many manuscripts from this monastery (now in Paris BN) belong to the best sources of plainsong from the 10th to 13th centuries, especially of tropes and sequences; the last ones also contain polyphonic music.

From the 14th century, the abbey fell into decline, at the end of the 18th century it was destroyed.

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fr6.1911

Ventadorn°

Moustier Ventadour (19)

château ruine

Birthplace of the troubadour Bernart de Ventadorn, born in the 1130s as the son of a servant. From a musical point of view he is important, because he left more fine melodies to his poems than any other troubadour.

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fr6.1931

RJ accordions

9 rue Marguérite Pradel, Tulle (19)

Manufacture d'accordéons Maugein

Factory of accordions since 1919, mainly button accordions. The factory and the matching museum can be visited by appointment (tel. 0555 200889).

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fr6.1511

Canteloube, Peire de Vic

Vic-sur-Cère (15)

The composer Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957), on visit here in 1903, heard a shepherdess singing a wonderful song, which he noted down. It became Baïléro, the best known song from his popular cycle of folk song arrangements, Chants d’Auvergne, written in the 1920s.

The old castle of the village (not extant) was the birthplace of the troubadour Peire de Vic, monge de Montaudon, who was active around 1200.

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fr6.4321

K

place du Convent, Le-Monastier-sur-Gazeille (43)

église Saint-Chaffre

Organ case from 1518 by Pascal Lancelot. Altered in the 17th and 19th century, restored in 1986 into the state of the 17th century. I/pdp/13.

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I - K

La Chaise-Dieu (43)

Abbatiale

The church of the abbey, a cathédrale fortifiée, has an organ from 1727 by Marin Carouge, extended in 1779 by J.Prades; IV/p/40. The church is one of the venues for the music festival, established by the Hungarian pianist György Cziffra in 1966. An Auditorium György Cziffra was opened in 2010 in the former granary of the abbey.

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B Rameau

Clermont-Ferrand (63)

cathédrale Notre-Dame

Jean-Philippe Rameau twice worked as organist in this cathedral: from 1702 to ’06 and from 1715 to ’22/23; in both cases he left earlier than was laid down in his contract, being eager to spread his wings in Paris. During the latter era he wrote his important Traité de l’harmonie.

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fr6.6313

J - folklore

34 rue des Gras, Clermont-Ferrand (63)

Musée du Ranguet

This museum, devoted to the local history, has a Salle ethnographique with folk instruments.

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F Onslow†

2 rue Blaise-Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand (63)

The composer George Onslow, of English descent, was born in Clermont in 1784 and died at this address in 1853.

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fr6.6317

F Onslow

place Michel l'Hôpital, Clermont-Ferrand (63)

House of George Onslow after his marriage in 1808.

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E Onslow

11 rue du Souvenir, Clermont-Ferrand (63)

Cimetière des Carmes

Grave of the composer George Onslow (1784-1853) and his wife, Charlotte-Françoise-Delphine de Fontanges. A citation by Berlioz has been added (see photo): Since Beethoven’s death, he holds the sceptre of the instrumental music. His symphonies and especially his chamber music deserve a great esteem indeed.

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fr6.6321

L Onslow

Mirefleurs (63)

château de Chalendrat

One of the later houses of George Onslow, after inheritances had made him a wealthy man. Splendid view over the country and on the village with its Esplanade George Onslow. Today the castle is a holiday resort.

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F Onslow

place Onslow, Pérignat-sur-Allier (63)

Mairie

During the construction of Onslow’s house Château Bellerive, he stayed at this address. He granted it to the municipality, which named the council chamber Salle Onslow. Bellerive itself was demolished in the 20th century.

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L (Onslow)

Collanges (63)

château

Family home of Onslow’s mother, Marie Rosalie de Bourdeilles de Couzances.

There are more luxurious dwellings connected with Onslow. His daughter lived at Château d’Hauterive in Issoire; furniture of the family ended up in the Château d’Aulteribe (museum) in Courpière-Sermentizon; a piano signed by the composer is in the Château de Polignac, Lavoûte-sur-Loire.

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fr6.6361

FO Chabrier

4 av. Emanuel-Chabrier, Ambert (63)

Birthplace of the composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894). With compositions such as España, Joyeuse Marche and Suite Pastorale, he dispels everyone’s moments of depression. Ravel declared him his greatest source of inspiration.

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fr6.6362

C Chabrier

boulevard Henri IV, Ambert (63)

Monument of Emmanuel Chabrier from 1912.

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Q H

1 rue du Casino, Vichy (03)

Opéra de Vichy

The theatre was opened in 1885 and extended in 1900 in a surprising art nouveau style. It has 1482 seats. During three decades its repertoire included performances by the Ballets Russes and productions from Bayreuth and La Scala. A congress palace was added in 1995. The era of luxurious spa life being over and done with, the present repertoire is more modest.

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J opera

16 rue du Maréchal Foch, Vichy (03)

La Musée de l'Opéra de Vichy

Costumes, decors, posters and scores evoke the glorious past of the Vichy opera.

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F I. Strauss

8 rue de Belgique, Vichy (03)

Villa Strauss

House of Isaac Strauss (1806-1888), a violinist, conductor and composer of waltzes and polkas, but not related to his Viennese namesakes or to Richard. He was the director of the music in the salons of Vichy during the 1840s to 1860s and earned a fortune. Emperor Napoleon III used his villa from 1858 as his residence in 1861 and ’62.

The Cluny museum in Paris has a room named after him; it houses his collection of medieval antiquities.

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fr6.0321

I ethnic music

Gannat (03)

Gannat has an annual festival (July) of ethnic and folkloristic music Les Cultures du Monde. > www.gannat.com .

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fr6.6321c

fr6.0331

J hurdy-gurdy

8 rue des luthiers, Jenzat (03)

Maison du Luthier

Jenzat is a centre of hurdy-gurdy makers. In one of the former workshops, Atelier Pajot, many instruments and utensils are displayed; concerts are given in the auditorium. Open during the summer months.

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fr6.6331b

fr6.0351

J popular music

3 rue Notre-Dame, Montluçon (03)

Musée des Musiques Populaires

Interactive museum of French folk music from the last three centuries with a enormous collection of hurdy-gurdies, accordions, bagpipes and percussion instruments. www.mupop.fr .

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fr6.0356

FO Messager°

place Louise Th. de Montaignac, Montluçon (03)

Birthplace of the composer, conductor and organist André Messager (1853-1929), a close friend of Fauré but as a composer more inclined to lighter genres: operetta, ballet. He gained much popularity in England too.

Tip for travellers: The numbers 3611 and 3621, belonging to the region ‘Centre’ and mentioned there (see below), are nearer to Montluçon than to any of the other selected towns in that region.

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F Varèse

4 Cour du Prieuré, Le Villars (71)

The composer Edgard Varèse (1883-1965) spent much of his childhood until 1992 with his grandfather Claude Cortot – also the grandfather of the pianist Alfred Cortot; the radical avant-garde composer and the conservative pianist were cousins.

fr6.2110

L musical history

place de la Libération, Dijon (21)

Palais des Ducs

Dijon is the capital of Burgundy. Especially during the 15th century, the era of the Valois dukes Philips the Good and Charles the Bold, music flourished at the court, in the churches and on the streets. Gilles Binchois was a member of the court chapel. Some parts of the present castle go back to that era.

fr6.2112

O Mozart

53bis rue de la Préfecture, Dijon (21)

Archives départementales

In July 1866 the young Mozart and his sister gave concerts in the present reading room of the Archives, the former town hall. Their father Leopold was not content with some members of the accompanying orchestra: mediocre, miserable.

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H Q

place Jean-Bouhey, Dijon (21)

Auditorium

New concert hall and theatre in a complex from 1998.

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Q - C Rameau

place du Théatre, Dijon (21)

Grand Théatre

After opera performances in the Hôtel des Barres since 1717, a new opera was built in 1828, near the spot of the destroyed Sainte Chapelle of the court. It has 700 seats. During the 19th century, concerts were given too by famous soloists, such as Liszt, Thalberg, Vieuxtemps, Adelina Patti. In 1909 Vincent d’Indy conducted a performance of Dardanus by Rameau, not belonging to the standard repertoire in those days.

At the side of the theatre is the bronze monument of Rameau by J.B. Guillaume, 1878.

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FO Rameau° - B

5-7 rue Vaillant, Dijon (21)

Birthplace of the great composer Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764).

Opposite the house (nr 8) are the remains of the former cathedral Saint Étienne, which was abolished during the Revolution; in the 19th c. the Commercial court, today an annex of the fine arts museum (Musée Rude). Rameau’s father Jean was organist of Saint Étienne, as were his younger brother Claude and the Dijon born composer Claude-Bénigne Balbastre (1727-1799) during the 1740s.

In the church of Saint Michel at the end of the street Jean Rameau played the organ too.

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B - Rameau

2 place Notre-Dame, Dijon (21)

église Notre-Dame

Organist of this church was, next to Jean Rameau, his famous son Jean-Philippe from 1709 to 1713.

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BK musical history

place Saint-Bénigne, Dijon (21)

Cathédrale Saint Bénigne

The church of Saint Bénigne became the cathedral in 1805, replacing the desecrated St. Étienne. Here also Jean and Claude Rameau were organists. From the organ by the famous Karl Joseph Riepp from 1740, the beautiful case and a part of the pipes remain. The instrument was extended in the 19th century into V/p/79.

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L - Rameau

3 rue de l'École de Droit, Dijon (21)

Bibliothèque municipale

Jean-Philippe Rameau was a pupil of the Jesuit Collège de Godrans, from the 17th century a centre of culture with a theatrical tradition. The building houses the city library today.

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FO Rameau family

27 rue Jean-Philippe-Rameau, Gemeaux (21)

House of Rameau’s grandparents from the maternal side and often visited by the young composer.

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F - Mozart

Le Chaleur Vieilmoulin (21)

Ancien relais de poste

The Mozart family passed by this hamlet in July 1766 on their way to Dijon. A good chance that they paid a visit at the Relais de Poste [post station]; it was ran by Bernard Rameau, a relative of the composer. The building has kept much of its original aspect.

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J recording - Piaf

place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Fargeau (89)

Musée de la réproduction du Son

This museum is devoted to the history of sound recording and to the chansonnière Edith Piaf.

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FO - Debussy

4 rue des Princes,Bichain, Villeneuve-la-Guyard (89)

House of the parents of Rosalie (Lily) Texier, the first wife of Claude Debussy. During the summer months of 1902 and 1903 the composer stayed here.

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C Debussy

28 route Nationale,Bichain, Villeneuve-la-Guyard (89)

A small monument of Debussy, who during his holidays in 1903 started with the composition of La Mer and may have been inspired here by the waving grain fields around.

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L Legrand

Vimory (45)

Château

This château from c 1900 was the estate of the pianist and composer Michel Legrand (1932-2019), famous for his musicals, songs (The Windmill of your Mind) and film scores (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg).

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B K

16 Cloître Notre-Dame, Chartres (28)

cathédrale Notre-Dame

Famous musicians worked in the 16th century at the imposing Chartres cathedral: Johannes Tinctoris and Antoine Brumel were members of the maitrise. There is a ‘swallow’s nest’ organ case which goes back to the 16th century instrument by Robert Tilleul, but the present pipework and (electric) action are from later centuries. IV/p/68.

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K

40 place Météziau, Dreux (28)

église Saint-Pierre

Aristide Cavaillé-Coll built a new instrument in the organ case from 1614.

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FO Philidor

parc de la Chapelle, Dreux (28)

Birthplace of François-André Danican Philidor (1726-1795), composer of operas comiques and sacred music, founder of the Parisian Concert Spirituel. and not the least an internationally famous chess player and -reformer. He was the last of twelve musicians from the Philidor dynasty, the majority of which were employed for nearly two centuries at the court as players of wind instruments.

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K

parc de la Chapelle, Dreux (28)

chapelle Saint-Louis

This chapel on the same grounds as Philidor’s birthplace is the mausoleum of king Louis-Philippe. It has a fine organ by Cavaillé-Coll from 1845; II/p/21.

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J folklore

place Clémenceau, Montoire-sur-le-Loir (41)

Musikenfête

The Musée Spectacle de la Musique displays a large collection of ethnic musical instruments. The town organises a biannual festival of global music (August, even years).

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L - Heller

38 rue du Plessis, Chailles (41)

château du Plessis-Villelouet

Dwelling of the family de Froberville, the in-laws of the pianist and composer Stephen Heller (1813-1888). He was of Hungarian descent and lived in France since 1838. Among his piano works are virtuoso studies and arrangements as well as character-pieces for children of all ages.

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fr6.4151

L - Lully

Chambord (41)

château de Chambord

The première of Le bourgeois-gentilhomme by Molière/Lully added lustre to a visit by Louis XIV to this famous 16th century castle in 1670.

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L - Rousseau, Debussy

Chenonceaux (37)

Château de Chenonceau

One of the inhabitants of this pleasant castle was the tax inspector Claude Dupin, whose wife Louise engaged Jean-Jacques Rousseau as secretary and teacher for her son. He fell in love and composed various vocal works for her.

In the 1850s the castle became the property of Marguérite Pelouse-Wilson, an ardent ‘Wagnerite’. Claude Debussy was employed here as her house pianist in the summer of 1879. (Second photo: entry of her private rooms.)

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G Poulenc

269 chemin Francis-Poulenc, Noizay (37)

Le Grand Coteau

The composer Francis Poulenc bought this 17th century estate in 1927, to retire from the hectic city life. Cocteau and Picasso were among his visitors The village people asked him in vain to become their mayor. Recently the beautiful house, the garden and the vineyard have been made publicly accessible (guided tours). > www.legrandcoteau.com .

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H

1 rue de Meslay, Parçay-Meslay (37)

Grange de Meslay

The former tithe barn of the monks of Marmoutier, going back to the 13th century, is a concert hall now, an important venue for the annual music festival of Touraine. Outside is a monument of the Russian pianist Svyatoslav Richter who repeatedly appeared here.

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FO Chabrier

14 route de Mans, Membrolle-sur-Choisille (37)

Holiday home of the composer Emmanuel Chabrier from 1881 until 1893. The house was renovated in 2010, the plaque being temporarily stored inside.

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Ockeghem

7 rue de la Psallette, Tours (37)

Cloître de la Psallette

The cloisters are the remains of the Psallette [school for choristers] of the cathedral Saint Gatien.

The organ of the cathedral has been much changed in the course of time, but the fine oak-wood case from the 17th century is undamaged.

Because the great composer Johannes Ockeghem (c 1410-1497) visited Tours repeatedly and bequeathed his property to the St Martin’s monastery in Tours, it is taken for granted that he died in this town. His grave is not known.

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Q

34 rue dela Scellerie, Tours (37)

Grand Théâtre - Opéra de Tours,

The opera theatre is from 1889 and has over 900 seats.

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G Sand - Chopin

2 place Sainte-Anne, Nohant-Vic (36)

Maison de George Sand

In a distant corner of the region ‘Centre’ is the estate of the female writer George Sand, between 1841 and ’46 the mistress of Frédéric Chopin. He was a frequent visitor of course, other visitors include Franz Liszt and Pauline Viardot. The house is accessible and gives an interesting view on its history.

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J Sand c.s. - C

71 rue Venose, La Châtre (36)

Donjon des Chauvigny

The museum in the medieval Donjon de Chauvigny, 6 km south of Nohant, is devoted to George Sand and her circle. A monument is on the outside.