Elwart, Antoine (Aimable [Amable] Elie)
- M.C. Carr
(Aimable [Amable] Elie)
(b Paris, Nov 18, 1808; d Paris, Oct 14, 1877). French theorist, writer on music and composer. He was of Polish descent. He began his musical studies at the singing school of St Eustache at the age of ten, and later played second violin in a boulevard theatre orchestra. In the 1820s he entered the Paris Conservatoire where he studied counterpoint and fugue with Fétis and composition with Le Sueur. With several friends he founded the Concerts d’Emulation which provided student composers and performers with the opportunity to be heard in public; the concerts lasted from 1828 to 1834. He won the second prix for composition in 1831 and was assistant professor to Reicha from 1832 until 1834 when he gained the Prix de Rome. During his stay in Rome he composed, among other things, an Omaggio alla memoria di Vincenzo Bellini, performed at the Teatro Valle in 1835. Back in Paris in 1836, he resumed his post as assistant at the Conservatoire, and later conducted the concerts in the rue Vivienne and those of the Société Ste Cécile. From 1840 to 1871 he was a professor of harmony at the Conservatoire. In 1867 he undertook a collected edition of his compositions; only three volumes (of a planned six) were published....