The Paris Opera: An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers Growth and Grandeur, 1815-1914 - Vol. 2

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Paër, Ferdinand (b. 1 June 1771, Parma; d. 3 May 1859, Paris), composer, learned the rudiments of music as a child and studied composition with an organist of his native city and Ghiretti, a graduate of the Pietà De' Turguini conservatory. Not a very patient youth with his teachers, he left school at age 16 to start an active career in the theatre. La Locanda de' vagabondi was his first work followed by I Pretendenti burlati before Paër was age 17. The success of these two operas spread beyond the narrow confines of the duke of Parma's villa, where they had had their premieres, and Paër was encouraged to embark upon a creative program that produced a score of works billed initially at Venice, Naples, Florence, Rome, Bologna, and Padua as well as at Parma within the next decade. He had chosen Domenico Cimarosa, Giovanni Paisiello, and Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi as his models in the writing of these works, but he heard a performance of Mozart in Venice in 1787, and the latter composer had an immediate influence upon his style, which now became more vigorous and colorful (see eighteenth-century volume for Paisiello). The creations in this second period in Paër's development included I Fuorusciti di Firenze and Camilla staged in Vienna and Achille and Sargine presented in Dresden.

The performance of Achille at Dresden changed the entire course of Paër's life through sheer coincidence. After the death of Johann Naumann in 1801, the elector of Saxony invited Paër to take his place. The composer accepted and spent five

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • M 790
  • N 916
  • O 955
  • P 990
  • Q 1080
  • R 1081
  • S 1171
  • T 1286
  • V 1338
  • W 1386
  • X 1404
  • Y 1406
  • Z 1409
  • Appendix: The Repertory, 1815-1914 1422
  • Index 1467
  • About the Author 1555
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