French composer; born at Paris May 25, 1863; studied at the Conservatoire and (1888) obtained the first Prix de Rome in the class of Löo Delibes. In 1888 he composed at Rome "St. Julien I'Hospitalier," which ranked him at once among the eminent composers of his day. Subsequently he was appointed choirmaster of the Jewish temple in the Rue des Cournelles. His principal works include: "Velleda," a lyric scene (produced at the Concerts Colonne, 1889), and "La Chasse Fantastique" (1893), a symphonic composition, which formed part of "St. Julien I'Hospitalier," a dramatic legend in three acts and seven tableaux, after Flaubert. Fragments of this work were played at the Conservatoire in 1894, and the entire composition was performed at the concerts of the Opéra in 1896. His other well-knownproductions are: "Kermaria," a lyric drama in three acts, in collaboration with Gheuzi, produced at the Opéra Comique, Paris, Jan., 1897; "Le Juif Polonais," a lyric drama based on the novel of Erckmann-Chatrian, also produced at the Opéra Comique, with Victor Maurel in the title-rôle; "Bar-Kokeba," a lyric drama in three acts and four tableaux, in collaboration with Catulle Mendès; "La Glu," a lyric drama based on the novel of Richepin.
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