Ameller, André (Charles Gabriel)

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Ameller, André (Charles Gabriel)

Ameller, André (Charles Gabriel), French composer; b. Arnaville, Jan. 2, 1912; d. La GarenneColombes, May 15, 1990. He studied at the Paris Cons., where he took courses in composition and conducting with Roger-Ducasse, Aubin, and Gaubert, studied violin and double bass (premier prix, 1934), and later completed his training in composition (premier prix, 1947). From 1953 to 1981 he was director of the Dijon Cons.


DRAMATIC: Opera: La Lance de Fingal (1947); Sampiero Corso, Monsieur Personne (1957); Cyrnos (Nancy, April 6, 1962). Ballet: La Coupe de sang (1950); Oiseaux du vieux Paris (1967). ORCH.: Cello Concerto (1946); Sym. (1947); Hétérodoxes for 2 Flutes, 2 Trumpets, String Quartet, and String Orch. (1969). CHAMBER: String Quartet (1944); Quintet for Piano and Strings (1947); String Trio (1951); Jeux de table for Saxophone and Piano (1955); Airs hétérogènes for Wind Ensemble (1966); Suite florentine for Cello (1986); Uranie for Flute and Piano (1986); Duo concertant for Double Basses (1987). VOCAL: Terre secrète, 6 songs for Voice and Orch. (1956).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire