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French Opera at the Fin de Siecle$
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Steven Huebner

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.001.0001

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Ernest Reyer as Berliozian

Ernest Reyer as Berliozian

(p.169) 9 Ernest Reyer as Berliozian
French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Steven Huebner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on composer, Ernest Reyer. Reyer's Sigurd also became a fixture on French stages, albeit for only a quarter century or so. Reyer was already sixty-one when Sigurd premiered in Brussels in 1884. Upon arriving in Paris from Marseille and Alger in the late 1840s, he briefly studied composition with his aunt, the celebrated pianist Louise Farrenc. In large measure, however, he was self-taught. Through camaraderie with writer Joseph Méry, he was introduced to Théophile Gautier and a literary circle that today glows with the highest prestige.

Keywords:   Sigurd, Berlioz, Wagner, French opera, Louise Farrenc, Joseph Méry

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