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Caplet, André

Caplet, André (b Le Havre, 1878; d Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1925). Fr. conductor and composer. Won Prix de Rome 1901. Début as cond. 1896. Became ass. to Colonne. Mus. dir. Odéon 1899–1910. Cond. Boston, Mass., Opera Co. 1910–14; CG 1912. Friend of Debussy whose Children's Corner and Pagodes he orch. and whose Le Martyre de Saint-Sébastien (part of which he orch.) he cond. at its f.p. 1911. Comp. orch. works incl. vc. conc., chamber mus., choral works, and songs. Health affected by gassing when serving in Fr. army 1914–18.

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