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André Charles Propser Messager

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Montluçon, France
Death: Died in Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Place of Burial: Passy Cemetery, Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of <private> Messager and Sophie Cornélie Lhote de Sélancy
Husband of Edith Clouet
Father of Jean Messager
Brother of Emile François Alexis Messager and Marguerite Louise Marthe Augé Laribé

Managed by: Jean-Baptiste Dumora
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About André Charles Propser Messager

André Messager est un compositeur et chef d'orchestre français, né à Montluçon le 30 décembre 1853 et mort à Paris le 24 février 1929.

André Charles Prosper Messager (30 December 1853 – 24 February 1929) was a French composer, organist, pianist, conductor and administrator. His stage compositions included ballets and 30 opéra comiques and operettas, among which Véronique had lasting success, with Les p'tites Michu and Monsieur Beaucaire also enjoying international success.

Despite financial obstacles, Messager pursued studies in piano and composition, with teachers including Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré. He became a major figure in the musical life of London as well as Paris, both as a conductor and a composer. Most of his Parisian works were produced in London, where several of them had long runs and numerous revivals, and he wrote two operatic works in English. He was the only French composer to write an original Savoy opera. Towards the end of his career, he composed musical comedies for Sacha Guitry and Yvonne Printemps.

As a conductor, Messager held prominent positions in Paris and London, at the head of the Opéra-Comique, the Paris Opéra, the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, and of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Although as a composer he is known chiefly for his light works, as a conductor he presented a wide range of operas, from Mozart to Richard Strauss, and he acquired a reputation as a conductor of Wagner. In Paris he conducted the world premieres of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, Massenet's Grisélidis and Charpentier's Louise. At Covent Garden, he gave the British premieres of operas by Saint-Saëns and Massenet.

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André Messager's Timeline

1853
December 30, 1853
Montluçon, France
1929
February 24, 1929
Age 75
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
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Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France