The Brussels composer Guilhelmine Rose Agnes Sabatier composed plenty of songs and works for piano. Her 4 Rêveries pour piano were published by the Brussels publishing house of Meyne, and several of her vocal works (such as the “dramatic scene” Espoir et deuil) appeared in the music magazine La Belgique musicale.
Sabatier, while serving as court pianist to the queen of the Belgians in the 1840s, concurrently gave many solo recitals and also performed regularly with the cello virtuoso François De Munck. She was married to Louis-Eugène Amelot, from Mechelen, himself an excellent amateur violinist, but she continued appearing under her own name. This was quite exceptional, for most female musicians abandoned their maiden name after their marriage and resolutely adopted the name of their husband.
© Studiecentrum voor Vlaamse Muziek vzw - Jan Dewilde (translation: Joris Duytschaever)