Reyer [Rey], (Louis-Etienne-)Ernest
- Hugh Macdonald
(b Marseilles, 1 Dec 1823; d Le Lavandou, Var, 15 Jan 1909. French composer and critic. His real name was Rey. Having attended a music school in Marseilles from the age of six, he was sent in 1839 to Algiers to work with an uncle, Louis Farrenc, in a government department. There he composed, without the benefit of tuition, a number of minor works, including a mass for the visit of the Duke of Aumale in ...