Death of a non-musical Casadesus

Death of a non-musical Casadesus


norman lebrecht

September 25, 2017

The actor Gisèle Casadesus, member of the Comédie Francaise since 1934, has died in Paris at the age of 103.

Daughter of the conductor Henri Casadesus and the harpist Marie-Louise Beetz, she was the mother of the conductor Jean-Claude Casadesus and three other artists. Music, she once said, was the family language.



  • Dan P. says:

    If I’m not mistaken wasn’t Henri also a violist with the Capet Quartet and composer (like his brother) of works attributed to composers of yesteryear, like Handel and C.P.E. Bach?

    Not mentioned was that Gisele was the cousin of one of the greatest of French pianists, Robert Casadesus.

  • Stephen says:

    Surely the actor is Gérard Depardieu??

    • R. Brite says:

      The other actor, you mean? Yes, and your point would be…?

      • Novagerio says:

        The point should be “actress” rather than “actor”…Cos the first thing we see is Depardieu.

        • R. Brite says:

          Ah, yes, silly me – it should not surprise me if on this forum we still use aviatrix, manageress and the like, and take our concert programmes from usherettes.

          • Stephen says:

            And why not? Equal pay and opportunities for women, without a doubt, but masculine terms, that is absurd unless we ban all female names such as Margaret or Sylvia.

  • Alceste de Léon-Trégor says:

    If I am not mistaken, too, along Haendel and C. P. E. Bach, as quoted by Dan P., Henri is also falsely responsible for the violin concerto Adelaïde by Mozart (K. Anh. 294a, ultimately K. Anh.C 14.05), that was really “composed” by Henri’s brother : Marius (1892-1981), while some people were inclined to suppose a pastiche by…. Kreisler!…Let’s be confident in the charms and the rigor of philology! ….

  • Saul Davis says:

    Why was not a full obit printed? She deserves it. And a Casadesus family tree is always helpful, as there were so many stars in the family.