Ernest Guiraud


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(b New Orleans, 1837; d Paris, 1892). Fr. composer and teacher. Won Grand Prix de Rome, 1859 (as his father had done in 1827). First opera, Le Roi David, prod. New Orleans 1852. On staff Paris Cons. from 1876, prof. of comp. from 1880. Wrote treatise on instrumentation. Comp. several operas, the last, Frédégonde, being completed by Saint-Saëns (1895), ballet Gretna Green, and other works, but remembered today because he comp. the recits. for Carmen and completed orchestration of Les contes d' Hoffmann. Compiled Suite No.2 from Bizet's L' Arlésienne.

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