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(1855 - 1899). French composer.  He studied law and graduated, then pursued musical studies with Massenet and Franck at the Paris Conservatoire.  His family's industrial fortune ensured he would never need to work at either profession.  He did, however, remain an active participant in French musical life and artist circles, encouraging young musical talents, including Debussy.  His wide travels and several Bayreuth visits to hear Wagner's operas strongly influenced him, though his reverence for Franck and French musical tradition were dorminant in his compositions.

Though not a greatly prolific composer, his most important works are his poignant Symphony in B flat, the "Poeme" for violin and orchestra, and the song cycle "Poeme de l'amour et de la mer" for voice and orchestra.
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steven - 22 Sep 2009
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