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César Auguste Jean Guillaume Hubert Franck

Birthplace: Liège, Netherlands (Belgium)
Death: Died in France
Place of Burial: France
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicolas Joseph Franck and Maria Catharina Barbara Frings
Husband of Félicité Desmousseaux
Father of Georges Cesar Franck; Marie-Joseph Franck; Germain Franck and Paul Eugène Franck
Brother of Jean Joseph Hubert Franck; Arnold Marie Hubert Franck; Cesar Hubert Auguste Franck and Rosalie Aldegonde Hubertine Franck

Managed by: Carl Gustav Verbraeken
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About César Franck

  • César Auguste Jean Guillaume Hubert Franck, né le 10 décembre 1822 à Liège (Royaume-Uni des Pays-Bas), mort le 8 novembre 1890 à Paris, professeur, organiste et compositeur d'origine belge, naturalisé français, est l'une des grandes figures de la vie musicale française de la seconde partie du XIXe siècle.
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  • César-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck (10 December 1822 – 8 November 1890) was a composer, pianist, organist, and music teacher who worked in Paris during his adult life.

He was born at Liège, in what is now Belgium (though at the time of his birth it was under the Netherlands' control). In that city he gave his first concerts in 1834. He studied privately in Paris from 1835, where his teachers included Anton Reicha. After a brief return to Belgium, and a disastrous reception to an early oratorio Ruth, he moved to Paris, where he married and embarked on a career as teacher and organist. He gained a reputation as a formidable improviser, and travelled widely in France to demonstrate new instruments built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. In 1858 he became organist at Sainte-Clotilde, a position he retained for the rest of his life. He became professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1872; he took French nationality, a requirement of the appointment. His pupils included Vincent d'Indy, Ernest Chausson, Louis Vierne, Charles Tournemire, Guillaume Lekeu, and Henri Duparc. After acquiring the professorship Franck wrote several pieces that have entered the standard classical repertoire, including symphonic, chamber, and keyboard works.

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César Franck's Timeline

December 10, 1822
Netherlands (Belgium)
November 27, 1848
Age 25
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
December 21, 1849
Age 27
Age 30
November 6, 1856
Age 33
November 8, 1890
Age 67
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France