Gaveaux [Gavaux, Gaveau], Pierre
- Paulette Letailleur
(b Béziers, 9 Oct 1760; d Charenton, nr Paris, 5 Feb 1825). French singer and composer. At the age of seven he became a choirboy at Béziers Cathedral, where he was a soloist for nearly ten years. Intended for the clergy, he studied Latin and began philosophical studies while working at composition with the cathedral organist, Abbé Combès. On the death of the Bishop of Béziers he accepted a post as first tenor at St Séverin, Bordeaux. He continued his musical studies under the direction of Franz Beck and his early success as a composer of motets decided his vocation. He abandoned his clerical plans and was engaged as a conductor and tenor at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. In ...