Framery, Nicolas Étienne

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Framery, Nicolas Étienne

Framery, Nicolas Étienne, French composer, writer on music, and poet; b. Rouen, March 25, 1745; d. Paris, Nov. 26, 1810. He composed the text and music for the comic opera La Sorcière par hasard (1768); its performance at Villeroy earned him the position of superintendent of music with the Count of Artois. The opera was performed at the Comédie- Italienne (Paris, Sept. 3, 1783), but suffered a fiasco because of the antagonism against Italian opera generated by the adherents of Gluck. He also wrote librettos for Sacchini, Salieri, Paisiello, Anfossi, and other Italian composers; ed. the Journal de Musique (1770–78) and Calendrier Musical Universel (1788–89) in Paris. He compiled, together with Ginguene and Feytou, the musical part of vol. I of Encyclopedic methodique (1791; vol. II by Momigny, 1818); besides smaller studies, he wrote De la necessite du rythme et de la cesure dans les hymnes ou odes destinees a la musique (1796); tr. into French Azopardi’s Musico prattico, as Le Musiden pratique (2 vols., 1786).


J. Carlez, F.: Littérateur-musicien (Caen, 1893).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire