Catel, Charles-Simon (opera)
- Sylvan Suskin
(b Laigle, Normandy, June 10, 1773; d Paris, Nov 29, 1830). French composer . He studied with Gossec before joining the band of the Garde National de Paris, for which he supplied new music and later taught. He was also répétiteur at the Opéra, a post he held until 1803, and in 1795 was appointed professor at the new Conservatoire. Between 1792 and 1797 he composed many Revolutionary hymns, marches and military symphonies, and during the late 1790s wrote chamber music. His influential monograph, Traité d’harmonie, was published in 1803. In the same year, he turned his attention to the stage. By 1819 had written ten works in the various operatic genres currently in vogue. In 1810 he won two honourable mentions for his Sémiramis and L’Auberge de Bagnères from the special jury awarding the decennial prize for the best musical dramas. He was appointed inspector at the Conservatoire in ...