Marie d'AGOULT

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FrenchBorn Marie Catherine Sophie de FLAVIGNY

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Born on December 31, 1805 in Frankfurt Am Main , Germany

Died on March 05, 1876 in Paris , France

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Marie d'Agoult was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the daughter of Alexander Victor François de Flavigny (1770-1819), a footloose émigré French aristocrat, and his wife Maria Elisabeth Bethmann (1772-1847), a German banker's daughter. The young Marie spent her early years in Germany and completed her education in a French convent after the Bourbon Restoration. She entered into an early marriage of convenience with Charles Louis Constant d'Agoult, Comte d'Agoult (1790-1875) on May 16, 1827, thereby becoming the Comtesse d'Agoult. They had two daughters, Louise (1828-1834) and Claire (1830-1912). They were divorced on August 19, 1835.

From 1835 to 1839 she lived with virtuoso pianist and composer Franz Liszt, who was five years younger, and was a rising concert star. D'Agoult had three children with Liszt, but they did not marry, maintaining their independent views and other differences, while Liszt was busy composing and touring throughout Europe. Their children were Blandine (1835-1862), who was the first wife of Émile Ollivier but died at the age of 26; Cosima (1837-1930) (who married Richard Wagner, the second marriage for them both); and Daniel (1839-1859), who was already a promising pianist and gifted scholar when he died of tuberculosis at age 20. Chopin dedicated his second set of piano etudes to Marie d'Agoult.


She died in Paris, and was buried in Division 54 of Père Lachaise Cemetery.

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