Louise Farrenc var pianoprofessor vid Conservatoire de Paris i drygt 30 år, mellan åren 1842–1873. Hon var också känd som en gedigen kompositör av kammarmusik i olika slag och för piano. I Ferrancs orkestermusik, kanske särskilt Symfoni nr 2, finns ett antal passager som har mycket gemensamt med Beethovens symfonier.
Den samtida kritikern François-Joseph Fétis, skrev i sin bok ”Biographie universelle des musiciens”: "Unfortunately, the genre of large scale instrumental music to which Madame Farrenc, by nature and formation, felt herself called involves performance resources which a composer can acquire for herself or himself only with enormous effort. Another factor here is the public, as a rule not a very knowledgeable one, whose only standard for measuring the quality of a work is the name of its author. If the composer is unknown, the audience remains unreceptive, and the publishers, especially in France, close their ears anyway when someone offers them a halfway decent work.Such were the obstacles that Madame Farrenc met along the way and which caused her to despair. This is the reason why her work has fallen into oblivion today, when at any other epoch her works would have brought her great esteem."