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Auber par Nadar

Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER

1782 - 1871

Composer

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Grandson of one of the king’s painters, son of a royal huntsman who became a publisher and print dealer, Auber had a cultured, affluent upbringing. Homme de salon, singer, violinist, cellist and, above all, pianist, Auber soon met the cream of the artistic world, including Baillot, Rode, Kreutzer and Cherubini (who was his teacher for a time, between 1808 and 1811). Despite this solid education, he was not destined for a career in music but to take over the family business. This plan was only abandoned in 1819, on the death of his father. Now bankrupt, Auber made the decision to take up a career that he had not seriously considered before, despite several noteworthy instrumental pieces and a stage debut in 1805 (Julie ou L’Erreur d’un moment). His first real success, Le Maçon (1825), was not long in coming. Numerous works followed, by turns light or serious, although all were underpinned by the same dramatic considerations. Among the fifty or so pieces left by the composer, Fra Diavolo, Le Cheval de bronze, Le Domino noir, Haydée and Manon Lescaut are all worthy of mention. As for La Muette de Portici (1828), this was one of the founding works of grand opera, along with William Tell by Rossini (1829) and Robert le Diable by Meyerbeer (1831). The composer of a sophisticated, strong and accessible body of work, a member of the Institut (1829) and director of the Paris Conservatoire (1842-1871), Auber was undoubtedly – despite an education outside formal academic channels –, one of the most important figures in the French musical landscape of the 19th century.

Chronological milestones

1782 1871 89 ans
1828
1830
1832
1834
1836
1839
1841
1843
1845
1847
1828

La Muette de Portici

Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER / Germain DELAVIGNE / Eugène SCRIBE

1837

Le Domino noir

Eugène SCRIBE / Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER

1835

Le Cheval de bronze

Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER / Eugène SCRIBE

1847

Haydée ou Le Secret

Eugène SCRIBE / Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER

1833

Gustave III ou le Bal masqué

Eugène SCRIBE / Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER

Works

Actéon

Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER / Eugène SCRIBE

1836

L' Ambassadrice

Eugène SCRIBE / Henri de SAINT-GEORGES / Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER

1836

La Barcarolle ou L'Amour de la musique

Eugène SCRIBE / Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER

1845

La Bergère châtelaine

Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER / Eugène de PLANARD

1820

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Documents and archives

Accident d'Emma Livry

Press illustration, Picture of a scene

Le Monde illustré, 1862/11/29 [Accident d’Emma Livry]

Auber-par-Paul-Delaroche

Press illustration, Portrait

Auber par Paul Delaroche

Auber-portrait-charge-de-Benjamin.jpg

Caricature, Press illustration

Auber

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