French composer and pedagogue; b. l’Aigle, Orne, June 10, 1773; d. Paris, Nov. 29, 1830. He studied in Paris with Gossec and Gobert at the École Royale de Chant. He served as accompanist and teacher there (1787), and also was accompanist at the Opéra and asst. conductor (to Gossec) of the band of the Garde Nationale (1790). In 1795, on the establishment of the Cons., he was appointed prof, of harmony, and was commissioned to write a Traité d’harmonie (publ. 1802), a standard work at the Cons, for 20 years thereafter. In 1810, with Gossec, Méhul, and Cherubini, he was made an inspector of the Cons., resigning in 1816. He was named a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1817. As a composer, Catel was at his best in his operas, written in a conventional but attractive style of French stage music of the time.
DRAMATIC: Opera (all 1st perf. at the Paris Opéra and the Opéra-Comique): Sémiramis (May 4, 1802); L’Auberge de Bagnères (April 23, 1807); Les Artistes par occasion (Jan. 22, 1807); Les Bayaderes (Aug. 8, 1810); Les Aubergistes de qualité (June 11, 1812); Bayard a Mézières (Feb. 12, 1814); Le Premier en date (Nov. 3, 1814); Wallace, ou Le Ménestrel écossais (March 24, 1817); Zirphile et Fleur de Myrte, ou Cent ans en jour (June 29, 1818); L’Officier enlevé (May 4, 1819). other: Several syms. and chamber works.
J. Cariez, C.iÉtude biographique et critique (Caen, 1895); F. Hellouin and J. Picard, Un Musicien oublié: C. (Paris, 1910); S. Suskin, The Music of C.-S. C for the Paris Opéra (diss., Yale Univ., 1972).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire
"Catel, Charles-Simon." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 20, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/catel-charles-simon-0
"Catel, Charles-Simon." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved September 20, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/catel-charles-simon-0
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.