Magnard, Albéric

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Magnard, Albéric (b Paris, 1865; d Baron, 1914). Fr. composer. Comps. are of strong structure, somewhat austere in effect. Wrote 3 operas (Yolande 1888–91, Guercœur 1897–1900, Bérénice 1905–9); 4 syms. (1889–90, 1892–3, rev. 1896, 1895–6, 1911–13); Chant funèbre, orch.; str. qt.; songs; pf. pieces. Died when his house was set on fire when he refused to surrender after shooting dead 2 German soldiers who had entered his property. Almost all his MSS were burned with him.