Pleyel-Moke, Marie Félicité

BORN 4 Jul 1811, Paris - DIED 30 Mar 1875, Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode, Brussel
REAL NAME Moke, Marie Félicité Denise
GRAVE LOCATION Brussel: Begraafplaats Laken (Perk 06A, weg 12/17, concessie 851)

Marie Pleyel was born as Marie Félicité Denise Moke. Her father was a Belgian professor and her mother Maria Magdalena Segnitz owned a lingerie boutique in Paris. Her mother taught her to play the piano and after her talent was recognized she was taught by Jacques Herz, Friedrich Kalkbrenner and Ignaz Moscheles. She made her official debut in Paris when she was eight years old and by the time she was fifteen she was a leading pianist.

She became engaged to Hector Berlioz before he went to the Villa Médicis in Rome but when he was there he received a letter from her mother that she was to marry Camille Pleyel, the son of piano manufacturer Ignace Joseph Pleyel. They married in 1831 and had a son (Ignace Henry, 1832-1853) and a daughter (Camille Louise, 1833-1856), but her husband was 23 years her senior and Marie had affairs with other men. In 1835 she spent a night with Franz Liszt in Chopin's apartment when Chopin was out of Paris. Camille Pleyel divorced her because of her infidelities on 29 July 1836.

In 1839 she performed with Liszt in Vienna and he praised her talent. In Leipzig she played with Félix Mendelssohn and she was also successful in Russia, England and France. In Russia she met the pianist Sigismund Thalberg and he was an important influence to her. She retired for considerable time to study. In Cologne she performed again with Liszt.

In 1848 she became a professor at the Conservatory in Brussels but she continued her performances as well. Between 1846 and 1855 she visited London four times. During a concert in 1855 in Paris she performed with her daughter, who sang. In 1856 her daughter unexpectedly died. During the 1860s she performed less often and in 1872 she gave up her professorship because her health started to fail. She died in 1875 in Brussels.

Related persons
• was engaged to Berlioz, Hector
• was pupil to Kalkbrenner, Friedrich Wilhelm
• cooperated with Liszt, Franz
• was the lover of Liszt, Franz
• cooperated with Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
• was influenced by Thalberg, Sigismund

0/0/1835Franz Liszt and Marie Pleyel spend the night together in Chopin's apartment in Paris. Pleyel was married but she was known to have affairs. The affair ended the friendschip between Liszt and Chopin. Late in the spring Liszt moved to Genova and they rarely met afterwards. [Chopin, Frédéric][Liszt, Franz]
19/7/1857Franz Liszt visits Marie Félicité Pleyel-Moke in Brussels. He knew her from Paris and she was at that time a teacher at the Conservatory in Brussels. [Liszt, Franz]


The grave of Marie Pleyel at the Cimetière de Laecken, Brussels.
Picture by Androom (28 Apr 2007)


The grave of Marie Pleyel at the Cimetière de Laecken, Brussels.
Picture by Androom (28 Apr 2007)


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Published: 14 Jul 2012
Last update: 14 Nov 2021