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date: 23 February 2020

Chouquet, (Adolphe) Gustavelocked

  • George Grove
  • , revised by David Charlton


(b Le Havre, April 16, 1819; d Paris, Jan 30, 1886). French writer and historian. His musical enthusiasms were fostered in Paris, where he studied for the baccalauréat. He returned to Le Havre in 1836 for four years before going to the USA, where he taught music in New York and wrote criticism for 16 years. A serious respiratory condition then obliged him to go to the south of France. In 1860, however, he moved to Paris and rapidly took an active part in writing for France musicale, Art musical and to a lesser extent Le ménestrel and the Gazette musicale. He also became known as the author of song texts, choral pieces and cantatas: his cantata David Rizzio was the text for the 1863 Prix de Rome, won by Massenet.

In 1864 Chouquet wrote his Histoire de la musique depuis le XIVe siècle jusqu’à la fin du XVIIIe siècle...

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