The words are virtually illegible, given that they have been written in white on a white background. But that shouldn’t be enough to put us off deciphering the text: the plaque celebrates the birthplace of Charles Lamoureux, the illustrious violinist and conductor who did much to popularise the music of Berlioz, Wagner and Handel in France.
So this is indeed where Lamoureux was born on September 21st 1834. His father owned a café-restaurant, although it is unclear where his establishment was located. If simply on the ground floor it may have been where an “Atelier du Chocolat” store can now be seen, or else next door where Marcel Bistrot Français operates. Alternatively, it may have been a few hundred metres away on Rue Pont-Long (now Rue Georges-Bonnac), which is where Charles spent much of his childhood.
|An official portrait of Charles Lamoureux, and a cartoon depicting his energetic style of conducting as produced by Charles Léandre for Le Rire magazine (source: Wikipedia).|
|The approximate location of Lamoureux's childhood residence on what is now Rue Georges-Bonnac.|
- Find them on the Invisible Bordeaux map:
- Birthplace: 6 Rue des Remparts, Bordeaux
- Location of childhood home: 31 Rue Georges-Bonnac,
- Rue Charles Lamoureux, Bordeaux.
- And here is the modern-day Orchestre Lamoureux in action: