Castil-Blaze [Blaze, François-Henri-Joseph]
- Cormac Newark
(b Cavaillon, Vaucluse, Dec 1, 1784; d Paris, Dec 11, 1857). French critic, translator, librettist and arranger. He first studied music with his father, Henri-Sébastien Blaze, a novelist and amateur composer who wrote (under the pseudonym Hans Werner) music and literary criticism for several journals, among them the Revue des deux mondes. In 1799 he went to Paris to study law and was among the first generation of students of the new Conservatoire, where he studied harmony and solfège and played several instruments including the bassoon. Returning to his native Provence, he became Inspecteur de la Librarie in the Vaucluse, but by 1820 he was back in Paris and embarked upon a musical career. From this period date his early songs and also his De l’opéra en France and Dictionnaire de musique moderne, which were well received and established him as a respected writer on music. Throughout the 1820s he contributed music criticism to the anti-monarchist ...