- Jean Gribenski
(b Dijon, Dec 14, 1884; d Grenoble, Oct 28, 1918). French musicologist. After schooling in Montbéliard and at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris he attended the Schola Cantorum and the Sorbonne, where he was a pupil of Rolland and took his doctorate in 1913 with a dissertation on La Pouplinière and 18th-century chamber music, as well as a subsidiary on the 18th-century orchestra. He was subsequently given a government grant to do research in Italy on opera buffa, but this was interrupted by the outbreak of war, his conscription and his death from influenza at the Grenoble military hospital. He established his reputation as a major scholar of 18th-century music in his many articles, his dissertations and his book on the origins of French comic opera, all based on thorough knowledge and full of detailed information, expressed with elegance and concision. He left an account of 18th-century aristocratic musical life in Italy drawn from documents in Rome, Florence and Naples (...