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CHERUBINI, Luigi
b Florence, 14 September 1760
d Paris, 15 March 1842, aged eighty-one

He was the son of a musician. By the age of seventeen he had written many works for the church, including three masses. The then Grand Duke of Tuscany was so impressed that he sent Cherubini to study in Venice. In 1784 he went to London and stayed for two years, holding the post of Composer to the King (George III). In 1788 he settled in Paris, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was appointed one of the inspectors when the Conservatory was founded in 1795. He was unpopular with Napoleon, which caused him some hardship. After a visit to Vienna in 1805 he wrote little for the next ten years; but under Louis XVIII he became a member of the Institut Francais and, in 1822, the director of the Conservatory.

1778 (18)

Demophon, opera

1788 (28)

Ifigenia in Aulide, opera

1797 (37)

Medée, opera

1800 (40)

Les Deux Journées, opera

1803 (43)

Anacreon, opera

1814 (54)

String Quartet No 1 in Eb major

1815-29 (55-69)

String Quartet No 2 in C major

String Quartet No 3 in D minor

1833 (73)

Ali Baba, opera

1835 (75)

String Quartet No 4 in E major

String Quartet No 5 in F major

String Quartet No 6 in A minor

1836 (76)

Requiem Mass, in D minor

1837 (77)

String Quartet in E minor

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