Nestling at the heart of one of Europe’s greatest beech forests, Lyons-La-Forêt has sheltered, it is said, the secret love affairs of one President of the Republic, two Prime Ministers, numerous artists and a King or two. It cannot be denied that Lyons-La Forêt has charm… the little village,”which has remained unchanged for three centuries”, as Julien Green wrote after his stay in Lyons-la-Forêt, saw Isaac de Benserade, court poet of Louis XIV, and later, Maurice Ravel (1875- 1937). It was in the rue d’Enfer (Street of Hell), in an imposing neo-Norman building, a style much in fashion in the early 20th century, that the famous composer penned Le tombeau de Couperin. This suite for piano is also a magnificent testimony, in which each piece is dedicated to one of his friends who died in battle during the Great War. It has been performed around the world. The composer’s house, with its brick facing and wood panelling, is among the loveliest examples of the architectural patrimony of Lyons.
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