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HÉROLD, Louis-Ferdinand (1791-1833)

Louis-Ferdinand Hérold received his first music lessons from his father. He was clearly a gifted pupil, entering the Paris Conservatoire in 1806, where he studied in the classes of Louis Adam (piano), Rodolphe Kreutzer (violin), Charles-Simon Catel (harmony) and Étienne Méhul (composition). In 1812 he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome. During his subsequent stay in Italy he realised that his future lay in the composition of operatic works. Hérold’s first opera, La Gioventù di Enrico Quinto, was written and performed in Naples. On his return to Paris, after a short stay in Vienna, he was appointed accompanist (harpsichord), then assistant at the Théâtre-Italien, before joining the staff of the Paris Opéra as principal singing coach (1826-1831). Meanwhile he began to make a name for himself with another opera, this time written in collaboration with Boieldieu, Charles de France (1816). Many other works followed, with varying fortunes, from semi-failures (Le Premier Venu, Les Troqueurs, Le Lapin blanc, L’Illusion) to outright successes (Les Rosières, La Clochette, Le Muletier, Marie, Emmeline). But the two masterpieces that ensured his fame were Zampa, ou La Fiancée de marbre and Le pré aux clercs; these were premièred in quick succession in 1831-1832, shortly before his comparatively early death. Apart from some airs, hymns, symphonies, overtures and various pieces written for the keyboard (including seven sonatas and four concertos), Hérold was the author of three operas, twenty-seven opéras-comiques and several ballets heralding the great Romantic repertoire (La Somnambule, La Fille mal gardée, La Belle au bois dormant).

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  • Louis-Ferdinand Hérold d'après David d'Angers
  • Alcyone (Arnault / Hérold)
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    Works - 22
  • Alcyone (Arnault / Hérold)
  • Concerto pour piano et orchestre n° 2 en mi bémol majeur (Ferdinand Hérold)
  • Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 3 in A major (Ferdinand Hérold)
  • Concerto pour piano et orchestre n° 4 en mi mineur (Ferdinand Hérold)
  • Duchesse de La Vallière, La (Loeillard d'Avrigny / Hérold)
  • Gioventù di Enrico Quinto, La (Ferdinand Hérold)
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    Themes - 7
  • Courant – Le romantisme musical français ou l’épopée du sentiment au XIXe siècle
  • Genre – Le concerto en France au XIXe siècle
  • Le prix de Rome
  • Musique de chambre – Le quatuor à cordes au XIXe siècle
  • Opéra – L’opéra en France au XIXe siècle
  • Opéra – L’opéra-comique
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    Studies - 4
  • Colas, Damien – Le Pré aux clercs, a popular and sophisticated comedy
  • Condé, Gérard – The music of Le Pré aux clercs
  • Terrier, Agnès – Le Pré aux clercs in its context
  • Thorel, Sylvie – The Romantics and the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre
  • Press articles -  8
  • Journal des débats, 17 décembre 1832 [Le Pré aux clercs d’Hérold]
  • La France nouvelle. Nouveau Journal de Paris et des départemens, 16 décembre 1832 [Le Pré aux clercs d’Hérold]
  • La France nouvelle. Nouveau Journal de Paris et des départemens, 24 décembre 1832 [Le Pré aux clercs d’Hérold]
  • La France nouvelle. Nouveau Journal de Paris et des départemens, 29 décembre 1832 [Le Pré aux clercs d’Hérold]
  • Le Corsaire, 16 décembre 1832 [Le Pré aux clercs d’Hérold]
  • Le Corsaire, 17 décembre 1832 [Le Pré aux clercs d’Hérold]
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