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date: 17 October 2019

Niedermeyer, (Abraham) Louislocked

  • Guy Ferchault
  • , revised by Jacqueline Gachet


(b Nyon, April 27, 1802; d Paris, March 14, 1861). Swiss composer and educationist. He received his first music lessons from his father, and at the age of 15 went to Vienna to study with Moscheles (piano) and E.A. Förster (composition). In 1819 he went to Italy to study with Fioravanti in Rome and with Zingarelli in Naples, where he familiarized himself with the vocal writing of the Renaissance, and formed a lasting friendship with Rossini. It was on Rossini’s advice that his first opera, Il reo per amore, was produced there in 1820, enjoying some success. The following year he went to Geneva, where he gave piano lessons and began writing songs, among them a setting of Lamartine’s Le lac, which immediately became popular. From 1823 he lived in Paris, apart from a period in Brussels (1834–6) when he taught the piano at the institute founded by Gaggia. Soon after arriving in Paris and again due to the influence of Rossini, his stage works began to be performed there, but none of them was successful, not even ...

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