Text Box: PIANist autographs


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     The greatest French female pianist of her day writes a one page letter to the music critic, economist and marine assurant Charles Vincens for his article in the “Chronique Musicale”, Paris January 26, 1890.  We offer with a vintage postcard portrait of Miclos-Roger who was considered to be a great beauty.


I could never thank you enough Monsieur for the immense pleasure that your "Chromique Musicale" gave me. You spoil me and I come to praise you with my sincere recommendation.

Marie Roger-Miclos

62 ave. de Wagram


There was a Parisian musical journal called “Chronique Musicale” which was published for three years, from 1873-1876.  It would appear the composer Paul Dukas revived the publication in some form, or format in the early 1890’s.  We were able to find reference to a publication by that name under his auspices in 1893.  This letter clearly shows it was in circulation in 1889, or 1890 as the letter was written in January.

Roger-Miclos (1860 - 1951) was from Toulouse.  She studied as a teenager at the Toulouse Conservatoire until 1873 she was admitted to the class of Henri Herz at the Paris Conservatoire during his final school year before his retirement.  In 1874 she moved to the class of Louise Massart.  While at the Conservatoire she also studied accompaniment with Emma Defresne.  In 1874, 1875 and 1876 she won second prize in piano performance. In 1877 she won the first prize and a judge, Auguste Wolff, a pianist and Managing Director of Pleyel presented her with a brand new Pleyel piano and a concert at Salle Pleyel.  He would become her leading sponsor helping her in various ways from introductions to composers, to concert tours and local recitals and performances with orchestra.  Her regular performing career started in earnest in 1879, with concerts with the Pasdeloup, Colonne and Conservatoire Orchestras, recitals at various concert venues and she also toured with the violinist Marie Tayau.  She married a “designer” in 1881 and from then on she added Roger hyphenated with Miclos.  Her technical abilities were hailed at the Covent Garden Concerts in London in 1889 after a performance of the Mendelssohn 1st piano concerto in G minor.  Throughout the 1880’s and 1890’s she played in London with regularity, spending months there at a time.  She also toured Europe, in particular the major German cities, major cities of France, Amsterdam, Brussels and Vienna were regular hosts to her recitals and concerts with orchestra.  She also performed but less frequently in, Moscow, Neuchatel, Prague, St. Petersburg and Rotterdam among others,  In 1903 she undertook a tour of the United States and Canada, where it was said she was “chic” in addition to praising her virtuosity.  After 1910 she performed mostly in Paris.  Her first husband passed away in 1887 and in 905 she married Charles Battaile, the double bassist son of the Paris Opera bass of the same name.  

In 1891 she was appointed Professor at the Paris Conservatoire.  In addition to the appointment, the French Republic appointed her with a rare title for a female pianist, “Officieur L’Instruction Publique”, which was given to only best of the best professors teaching in France.  That title is printed on the carte we offer, so it is after 1891.  She taught in large classes á la Liszt  with up to thirty pupils.  Some of her pupils included; Madeleine Bloch, Marie Montant, Marie-Jeanne Ris-Arbeau, (in 1908, the first pianist to record the complete oeuvre of Chopin) and Pauline Roux, though Miclos’s career was more on the concert stage than teaching.

A great beauty, she was painted by several artists, most notably by George de Maduro Peixotto.  She also had great friends in the composer community with numerous works dedicated to her.  Chaminade, Dubois, Fournier, Godard, Massenet, O’Kelly, Pessard, Pfeiffer and Wachs among others all dedicated solo pieces to her.  Saint-Saëns dedicated his “Africa” for piano and orchestra, op. 89 to her which she premiered in 1891.  Gabriel Pierne dedicated his first piano concerto to her in 1887, which she also premiered.  She was a great champion of new music of her time, including; Rubinstein’s 4th piano concerto, Tchaikovsky’s 1st piano concerto and music by de Falla, Le Flem, Lyupanov, Ravel, Roussel, Schmitt, Tcherepnine, Toch and Tomasi among others.

In 1905, Fonotipia arrived in Paris to record the pianist.  She made 10 sides which are all considered masterpieces in technical virtuosity and performance interest.  The composers recorded included, Chopin, Godard, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Schumann. 

Charles Vincens (1833-1916) was a French marine assurant, economist and music critic.  He came from a family lineage of marine insurers in Marseilles.  He was the President of the Mutual Aid Society of Musical Artists and wrote most of his music criticism for the “Musical Journal under the nom de plume, Karl Cisvenn.

Extremely rare and important pianist autograph.