Thomé, Francis [François Luc Joseph]
- David Charlton
[François Luc Joseph]
(b Port Louis, Mauritius, Oct 18, 1850; d Paris, Nov 16, 1909). French composer. He was taken as a child to Paris, where he studied at the Conservatoire with Duprato and Thomas. Soon after leaving the Conservatoire he became well known as a composer of salon pieces and was in demand as a pianist and teacher. His music was particularly successful in the French provinces, and two of his operas were first performed outside Paris.
Although Thomé’s music has generally fallen into oblivion, it was formerly much appreciated. Pougin’s obituary describes the composer as ‘a neat, refined artist, gifted with an attractive melodic vein … and enriched by solid learning’. Thomé’s stage music encompassed various genres, including ballet, pantomime, incidental music (for a wide range of plays) and bleuettes.
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