May 31, 1804: Jeanne-Louise Dumont (Farrenc) is born in the rue et maison de Sorbonne in the eleventh (presently fifth) arrondissement of Paris, French Republic, second of three children born to Jacques-Edme Dumont, the court sculptor, and Marie Elisabeth Louise Courton. Her parents are married by common law.
September 29, 1821: Jeanne-Louise Dumont (17) marries Aristide Farrenc, music publisher, musician, and composer, in Paris.
April 13, 1840: The Piano Quintet no.1 op.30 by Louise Farrenc (35) is performed completely for the first time, in Paris.
October 28, 1840: Piano Quintet no.2 op.31 by Louise Farrenc (36) is performed for the first time, in Paris.
February 23, 1845: Unable to get a hearing in Paris, Symphony no.1 by Louise Farrenc (40) is performed for the first time, in Brussels.
April 22, 1849: Symphony no.3 by Louise Farrenc (44) is performed for the first time, at the Paris Conservatoire. Despite the fact that it is programmed with Beethoven’s (†22) Fifth Symphony, it is received well.
March 19, 1850: Nonet op.38 by Louise Farrenc (45) is performed for the first time, in an all-Farrenc program in the Salle Erard, Paris. 19-year-old Joseph Joachim plays violin in all the works. It is a very successful evening.
March 25, 1851: Violin Sonata no.2 op.39 by Louise Farrenc (46) is performed for the first time, in Paris.
April 8, 1861: Two years after the death of her daughter, Louise Farrenc (56) returns to society in a musical evening at Erard’s in Paris. Her music is played, but, more importantly, she and her husband Aristide launch Le Trésor des pianistes, a collection of keyboard works from the last 300 years which they have jointly edited. It receives a very positive popular and critical response.
September 28, 1861: Ambroise Thomas (50) reports to the Académie des Beaux-Arts on behalf of the composers’ section on who should receive the Prix Chartier. He recommends it be divided between Adolphe Blanc, Eugène Sauzay, and Louise Farrenc (57). However, the full membership rejects the recommendation and gives the entire prize to Louise Farrenc.
January 31, 1865: Music publisher Aristide Farrenc, husband of Louise Farrenc (60), dies suddenly at his home in Paris.
June 26, 1869: The Académie des Beaux-Arts votes to award the Prix Chartier to Louise Farrenc (65) for a second time.