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André Messager

(1853—1929)


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(b Montluçon, 1853; d Paris, 1929).

Fr. composer, organist, and conductor. Org., St Sulpice, 1874. Cond., Paris Opéra‐Comique 1898–1903, 1919–20. Cond. f.p. of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (1902), which is ded. to him. Art. dir. CG 1901–6, dir. and chief cond. Paris Opéra 1907–15. Cond. Société des Concerts du Cons., 1908–19 (touring Argentina 1916, USA 1918). Wrote several successful light operas. Works incl.:

operas:

La Béarnaise

(1885);

La Basoche

(1890);

Madame Chrysanthème

(1893);

Les p'tites Michu

(1897);

Véronique

(1898);

Fortunio

(1907);

Béatrice

(1914);

Monsieur Beaucaire

(1919).

ballets:

Les deux pigeons

(1886);

Le Chevalier aux fleurs

(1897).

Also wrote sym. and pf. pieces.

Subjects: Music.


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