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Bruneau, (Louis Charles Bonaventure) Alfred

Bruneau, (Louis Charles Bonaventure) Alfred (b Paris, 1857; d Paris, 1934). Fr. composer and critic. His 2nd opera Le Rêve (1890), in 4 acts based on Zola, was a success at the Opéra-Comique in 1891, being regarded as very ‘advanced’ harmonically. Followed by L'Attaque du moulin (1892–3) in which Zola collab. directly as librettist, as he did for Messidor (1894–6), L'Ouragan (1897–1900), and L'Enfant-Roi (1902). Comp. 13 operas, several employing Wagnerian principles, also ballet, orch. works, and songs. Worked as mus. critic and wrote several books, incl. studies of Fauré (1925) and Massenet (1935), and some reminiscences of Zola (1932).

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