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MARIA (MARIE) BOULAY - VIOLINIST

Ideal verso autographed and inscribed full length carte de visite photograph of the violinist holding her instrument by Erwin Frères of Paris, November 27, 1862.  She inscribes, To Monsieur Roland, he has his honorable talent, reminder of affectionate gratitude, Maria Boulay 27 Nov, 1862.

 

Boulay (1846 - ????) was a meteoric talent for slightly over a decade in Paris.  A child prodigy, she performed initially on the piano which she gave up for the violin.  She entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1859 at thirteen where she studied with Jean-Delphin Alard, who also taught Pablo Sarasate during that same year.  Such a prodigious talent, she graduated a year later in 1860 with a first in violin performance, where the press descriged her as elegant, young and pugnacious.  Only the second female to be awarded at first at the Paris Conservatoire. She was introduced to the public at the Tuileries Theatre in 1861 by Alard. She followed that up with a solo concert at the Salle Pleyel. Her next concert with orchestra at the Salle Herz with Alard conducting she and Sarasate on April 29th, 1861 was previewed by the journal “Le Menestral” in March, 1861, There will be crowds, because only this new Milanollo is delicious to hear, but also very pleasant to see.  (Therese and Maria Milanollo were sisters and child prodigy violinists slightly a decade older than Boulay who had taken Paris by storm, Maria passed away in 1848 at the age of 16, her sister retired when she married in 1857. Boulay was the first female violinist in Pris to measure up to the Milanollo sisters and was branded throughout the press as the “Nouvelle Milanollo”.)  Even the British newspaper “The Spectator” was not remiss on reporting on the violinist in May, 1861, The young violinist, Mdlle Marie Boulay is making a greater and greater sensation in Paris….no woman has ever handled the violin and bow with such ease and disincoltura as Mdlle Boulay, and thus the ear and eye are captivated at once…..

 

Boulay much in demand began to tour the French provinces, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Nancy, Angoulème, Dijon, Saint Malo, Rennes, throughout Brittany and Luxembourg through 1862.  She was a member of an all-female quintet with Thérèse Castellan, Marie-Louise Billot, Elisa de Try and a pianist named Champain in 1865.  Her endless reviews raved about her performances.  Eventually she married and made her final bow in Alexandria Egypt as Madame Claude in 1872.  She is found in the late 1860’s French census living in Lyon, however, despite herculean efforts we could not find any further information after 1872. 

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