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date: 23 October 2019

Boieldieu, (François-)Adrienlocked

  • Georges Favre
  • , revised by Thomas Betzwieser

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(b Rouen, Dec 16, 1775; d Jarcy, Seine et Oise, Oct 8, 1834). French composer. He was the leading opera composer in France during the first quarter of the 19th century and remains the central figure in the opéra comique tradition.

The son of a clerk in the secretariat of the Rouen archdiocese, he received his earliest education from the Abbé Joseph-Jean-Pierre Baillemont, who was known by the townspeople for his profound knowledge of Virgil and for his enlightened approach to teaching Latin and French. His first music teacher, Urbain Cordonnier, maître de chapelle at Coutances and Evreux and from 1783 the children’s choirmaster at Rouen Cathedral, taught him solfège and singing technique, and before the boy learnt to read music he could sing by ear in cathedral performances of masses and motets: these included works by Bernier, Lalande, Campra, Brossard and Jommelli.

Boieldieu’s principal musical training came from Charles Broche (...

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