Bazelaire, Paul, French cellist, pedagogue, and composer; b. Sedan, March 4, 1886; d. Paris, Dec. 11, 1958. He was a student of Delsart and won the premier prix in cello at the Paris Cons, when he was 11, and then took the premier prix in harmony and counterpoint there. He pursued a successful career as a cellist, and also served as a prof. at the Paris Cons, from 1918 to 1957. Among his works were orch. scores, including the Suite française sur des chants populaires, the symphonic poem Cléopâtre (Paris, Jan. 23, 1908), Suite grecque (1910), and Rapsodie dans le style russe for Cello and Orch. (Paris, Feb. 2, 1941), several works for cello and transcriptions for the instrument, and choral pieces. He also publ. the teaching manual Pédagogie du violoncelle.
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