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Casadesus, François Louis

Casadesus, François Louis

French conductor and composer, brother of Henri Casadesus and Marius Casadesus; b. Paris, Dec. 2, 1870; d. there, June 27, 1954. He studied at the Paris Cons. He conducted the Opéra and the Opéra-Comique of Paris on tour in France (1890–92); in 1895 he conducted the Opéra on a European tour; he was the founder and director (1918–22) of the American Cons, at Fontainebleau; later was active as a radio conductor and wrote music criticism. A collection of valedictory articles was publ. in honor of his 80thbirthday (Paris, 1950).

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DRAMATIC: Opera: Cachaprès (Brussels, 1914); La Chanson de Paris (1924); Bertrán de Born (Monte Carlo, 1925); Messie d’Amour (Monte Carlo, 1928). orch.:Symphonie scandinave; Au beau jardin de France for Orch.; Sym.; smaller compositions for orch. vocal: Numerous songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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