Bertin, Louise Angelique

1805-1877

French composer, pianist and contralto singer, also an artist and poet. Studied composition with Fetis and was so impatient for results, that she began composing at once. This impatience was, perhaps, the cause of the defects in her work, for in spite of her great talent, she was not willing to give the time and work necessary to a thorough foundation. Her compositions were however successful in the main. She wrote the operas Guy Mannering, Le Loup Garou, Faust, Notre Dame de Paris, and Esmeralda; also string quartets and trios; choral pieces and songs. Although Victor Hugo himself arranged the libretto of Notre Dame de Paris, it was unsuccessful.