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date: 22 August 2019

Gail [Garre], (Edmée) Sophielocked

  • Philip E.J. Robinson
  •  and Sarah Hibberd

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(b Paris, Aug 28, 1775; d Paris, July 24, 1819). French composer. Her first songs appeared from 1790 in the song magazines of Louis de La Chervardière and Antoine Bailleux. At the age of 18 she married the philologist Jean Baptiste Gail, but they separated some years later. She then studied singing with Bernardo Mengozzi, and made a successful tour of southern France and Spain. She studied musical theory with Fétis and, later, with Perne and Neukomm. Between 1808 and 1810 her salon attracted the most fashionable singers in Paris. She wrote a number of songs and romances, and four one-act operas which were produced by the Opéra-Comique at the Théâtre Feydeau. The first and most successful of these, Les deux jaloux (1813), was followed by Mlle de Launay à la Bastille (1813), Angéla, ou L'atelier de Jean Cousin (with Adrien Boieldieu, 1814) and ...

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