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In the Salon of Madame Brillon

In this program, the Raritan Players invite listeners into the musical world of Anne-Louise Brillon de Jouy (1744-1824), a composer and keyboardist whose reputation extended throughout Europe and across the Atlantic. Her salon was one of the most fashionable and glittering in Paris; Benjamin Franklin was a regular guest there and one of Brillon's most intimate friends throughout his years in diplomatic service. In the centuries since her death, Madame Brillon—like so many women—has been all but erased from musical history. Using her manuscripts at the American Philosophical Society, as well as works dedicated to her by some of Europe's leading composers, this program explores Brillon's tastes and the music that she created and inspired.