- Hugh Macdonald
(b Lille, 27 Jan 1823; d Paris, 22 April 1892). French composer. His father had fought for Napoleon and although the name was originally Spanish, the family had been settled in Flanders and northern France since the 16th century. Lalo’s parents at first encouraged musical studies and he learnt both the violin and the cello at the Lille Conservatoire, but his more serious inclinations towards music met with stern military opposition from his father, compelling him to leave home at the age of 16 to pursue his talent in Paris. He attended Habeneck’s violin class at the Paris Conservatoire for a brief period and studied composition privately with the pianist Julius Schulhoff and the composer J.-E. Crèvecoeur. For a long while he worked in obscurity, making his living as a violinist and teacher. He became friendly with Delacroix and played in some of Berlioz’s concerts. He was also composing and two early symphonies were apparently destroyed. In the late 1840s he published some ...