The scene takes place in Paris during the First French Empire. "La Maison du chat qui pelote" is a haberdashery managed with due diligence by Monsieur Guillaume, helped by his faithful assistant Joseph Lebas. Monsieur Guillaume and his wife have two marriageable daughters, Virginie, the elder, a sweet and sensible woman, and Augustine, who has more charms than her. Unsurprisingly Virginie has difficulty finding a suitor. As for Augustine, she has two lovers, Joseph on the one hand and Théodore de Sommervieux, a young aristocrat and artist, on the other. Monsieur Guillaume refuses to give Augustine to Joseph as he wants him to marry Virginie, which the assistant clerk reluctantly accepts. On the other hand, Guillaume ends up giving his blessing to Théodore and Augustine as. A love match vs. a forced marriage: Augustine seems bound for happiness and Virginie for a dreary life. But destiny has surprises in store. Written by
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"Quatuor pour piano et cordes N°1
Composé en 1797 par Ludwig van Beethoven
Publié en 1798 See more