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CHAUSSON, Ernest
b Paris, 20 January 1855
d Limay, near Mantes, Yvelines, 10 June 1899, aged forty-four

He studied law at the University of Paris and then entered the Conservatory, as a pupil of Massenet, for composition, and Franck, for organ; after a few months he withdrew from the Conservatory and became a private pupil of Franck. His house became a rendezvous for the well-known musicians, writers and painters of the day. His great friend was Debussy, whom he often helped financially. He was killed in a bicycling accident while on holiday.

1880 (25)

Les Caprices de Marianne, opera

Joan of Arc, for chorus

1882 (27)

Viviane, symphonic poem

Piano Trio in G minor

Poeme de l'amour et de la mer, for voice and piano (1882-92)

1884-5 (29-30)

Hélene, opera

1886 (31)

Hymne Vedique, for chorus and orchestra

Solitude dans les bois, for orchestra

1887 (32)

Chant Nuptial

1890 (35)

Symphony in Bb major

1891 (36)

Concerto for piano, violin and string quartet

1895 (40)

Le Roi Arthus, opera, fp 1903

1896 (41)

Poeme, for violin and orchestra

1897 (42)

Chant funebre

Ballata

Piano Quartet in A major

1898 (43)

Soir de fete, symphonic poem

1899 (44)

String Quartet in C minor, unfinished

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