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date: 15 November 2019

Gaveaux [Gavaux, Gaveau], Pierrelocked

  • Paulette Letailleur

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(b Béziers, Oct 9, 1760; d Charenton, nr Paris, Feb 5, 1825). French singer and composer. At the age of seven he became a choirboy at Béziers Cathedral, where he was a soloist for nearly ten years. Intended for the clergy, he studied Latin and began philosophical studies while working at composition with the cathedral organist, Abbé Combès. On the death of the Bishop of Béziers he accepted a post as first tenor at St Séverin, Bordeaux. He continued his musical studies under the direction of Franz Beck, and his early success as a composer of motets decided his vocation. He abandoned his clerical plans and was engaged as a conductor and tenor at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. In 1788 he was active in Montpellier and toured in the south of France, and the following year was called to Paris to sing in the Théâtre de Monsieur, which at that time was in the Tuileries. His light and agreeable voice had a fine timbre so that he could sing such major roles as Floreski in Cherubini’s ...

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