D. F. E. Auber

D. F. E. Auber
Short Name: D. F. E. Auber
Full Name: Auber, D. F. E. (Daniel François Esprit), 1782-1871
Birth Year: 1782
Death Year: 1871

Daniel Francois Esprit Auber France 1782-1871, Born in Normandy, Auber's father was a printer, and expected his son to follow in that trade, but he also let Daniel learn how to play several musical instruments. His first teacher was a Tirolean composer, Josef Ladurner. Auber began composition, producing several concertos for violin, modeled after Lamare. They played at the Paris Conservatory by Masaz, and were given much praise. He did a resetting of an old comic opera, Julie, studying with the renowned Luigi Cherubini. His opera failed. His father also died. He turned again to music, producing another opera fairing no better. His third attempt , La Bergere Chatekaine, in three acts, was the first of a series of brilliant successes written with librettist Eugene Scribe, His Opera-comique had 525 performances. Two susequent operas were as successful. He was elected a member of the Institut de France. The following year he was named director of the court concerts. Two more operas were very successful.In 1842, under King Louis Philippe. He was named director of the conservatoire and a member of the Legion of Honor, eventually commander. Two more major successes followed. He was well-loved, witty, and personally generous.

John Perry

Wikipedia Biography

Daniel-François-Esprit Auber (French: [danjɛl fʁɑ̃swa ɛspʁi obɛːʁ]; 29 January 1782 – 12 May 1871) was a French composer and director of the Paris Conservatoire. Born into an artistic family, Auber was at first an amateur composer before he took up writing operas professionally when the family's fortunes failed in 1820. He soon established a professional partnership with the librettist Eugène Scribe that lasted for 41 years and produced 39 operas, most of them commercial and critical successes. He is mostly associated with opéra-comique and composed 35 works in that genre. With Scribe he wrote the first French grand opera, La Muette de Portici (The Dumb Woman of Portici) in 1828, which paved the way for the large-scale works of Giacomo Meyerbeer.

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