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date: 15 October 2019

Samuel, Adolphe(-Abraham)locked

  • Anne-Marie Riessauw

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(b Liège, July 11, 1824; d Ghent, Sept 11, 1898). Belgian composer and critic. He first studied painting in Liège, then took music lessons at the conservatory and soon chose to specialize in music. In 1840 he went with his family to Brussels, where he studied at the conservatory with Michelet (piano), Girschner (organ), Bosselet (harmony) and Fétis (composition). He won the Prix de Rome with his cantata Vendetta and later continued his studies with Mendelssohn and Meyerbeer. He became a professor of harmony at the Brussels Conservatory in 1850. He met Berlioz in London in 1853, and maintained a correspondence with him. In 1865 he organized a series of popular concerts, and in 1869 established an annual music festival. He was made director of the Ghent Conservatory in 1871.

As a critic, Samuel contributed to daily newspapers and periodicals. His compositions include operas, symphonic music and sacred and secular vocal music. His seven symphonies clearly show the influence of Berlioz; the last of these, a mystic symphony entitled ...

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