- Herbert Schneider
(b Caen, Jan 29, 1782; d Paris, May 12, 1871). French composer. He composed mostly opéras comiques, and was the foremost representative of this genre in 19th-century France.
He was the son of a royal huntsman, who became a dealer in art materials after the Revolution. He showed an early talent for the piano, studying with Ignace Antoine Ladurner; he also learnt to play the violin and cello, and had a fine baritone voice. He took part in chamber music recitals and was admittted into the Société Académique des Enfants d’Apollon as a composer in 1806. Among his earliest compositions were several romances, at least one string quartet, a piano trio and a concerto for violin, viola, cello and piano. At first he was expected to go into his father’s business, and after the Peace of Amiens in 1802 he went to London to study commerce and learn English. He seems to have had some success in London as a performer and as a composer of ...