12 Études op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin, ed. Alfred Cortot

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21 Lecomte’s private fortune might have allowed him to live north of the river, yet he stayed in the rue Ste-Hyacinthe; certainly a little further away from the theater than most of his colleagues, but still within walking distance. The only exception to this general rule was Saint-Preux; his work at the Odéon seems to have been little more than a diversion, since his principal activity was as proprietor of a haberdasher’s shop in the rue Mandar, north of les Halles. Saint-Preux too might have owned a horse.

Jacques-Alexandre-Bernard Law, marquis de Lauriston. Lithograph by François-Séraphin Delpech. the Austrian and Russian campaigns, he had been taken prisoner at the battle of Leipzig. 56 He became pair de France in 1815 and marquis two years later; he was made minister of the maison du Roi in 1820, a position that he held until 1824, despite taking time off to lead the expeditionary force to the Ebro during the duc d’Angoulême’s campaign on the Iberian Peninsula in 1823. He was made maréchal de France upon his return from Spain and grand veneur when he moved from the maison du Roi in 1824.

39 Well connected establishment artists were installed there as well: during the 1820s, Horace Vernet, Jean-Louis-André-Théodore Géricault, and the actress Mlle Mars all lived in the area, although its real artistic heyday was during the following decades when Pauline Viardot, George Sand, Frédéric Chopin, and Friedrich Kalkbrenner would all move to the neighborhood. If the chaussée d’Antin was the home of the new, the Marais was where the oldest families lived and where eighteenth-century customs and values had not lost their cachet.

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