Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Jeanne Louis Farrenc

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Jeanne Louis Farrenc
b. 1804, Paris; d. 1875, Paris

The correct spelling of this name is JEANNE-LOUISE FARRENC.

Jeanne-Louise Farrenc was a Parisian pianist, composer, teacher, and scholar. She composed numerous pieces for piano, including Air russe varié, two orchestral overtures (1834), three symphonies (1840s), and many chamber works; the latter are prized as her strongest pieces. In 1842, Farrenc was appointed professor of piano at the Paris Conservatoire, and held this position until her retirement in 1873. Regarded as an excellent teacher, she was the only female musician in the nineteenth century to hold a permanent post of such rank and importance at the Conservatoire.

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