Hélène de Montgeroult’s Contemporaries and Successors

Bernard Sarrette (1765-1858) founded and directed the Institut national de musique (the National Institute of Music) in 1793. Today it is the National Superior Music Conservatory of Paris. Our interest in Bernard Sarrette is related to the support he provided to Hélène de Montgeroult. He vigorously intervened on her behalf […]

Bernard Sarrette’s support of Hélène de Montgeroult

Sébastien Érard (1752-1831) and his brother Jean-Baptiste founded the Érard company. They built high-quality harpsichords, fortepianos, and harps, and invented the double escapement mechanism (which allows the player to rapidly repeat a note, and which was subsequently adopted by all piano companies) in 1822. They also invented the modern system […]

Sébastien Érard, Founder of a Dynasty