Roussel, Albert (Charles Paul Marie)
- Nicole Labelle
(b Tourcoing, 5 April 1869; d Royan, 23 Aug 1937). French composer. Though he was touched by the successive waves of impressionism and neo-classicism in French music, he was an independent figure, his music harmonically spiced and rhythmically vigorous.
Roussel was born into a family of industrialists, highly regarded makers of curtains and carpets. His early childhood was overshadowed by an unusual incidence of bereavements, which may explain the solitary and independent aspects of his personality. He lost first his father, who died of consumption in ...