Galin, Pierre

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Galin, Pierre

Galin, Pierre, French music pedagogue; b. Samatan, Gers, 1786; d. Bordeaux, Aug. 31, 1821. He was a mathematics teacher at the Lycée in Bordeaux, and conceived the idea of simplifying music instruction by a method which he termed the “Méloplaste” and explained in his work Exposition d’une nouvelle meihode pour Venseignement de la musique (1818; 3rd ed., 1831). The method attracted attention, and was energetically promoted by Chevé.

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