André Messager


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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.:


La Béarnaise


La Basoche


Madame Chrysanthème


Les p'tites Michu








Monsieur Beaucaire



Les deux pigeons


Le Chevalier aux fleurs


Also wrote sym. and pf. pieces.

Subjects: Music.

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