Mathieu, Émile (-Louis-Victor)

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Mathieu, Émile (-Louis-Victor)

Mathieu, Émile (-Louis-Victor), Belgian composer and pedagogue; b. Lille, Oct. 18, 1844; d. Ghent, Aug. 20, 1932. He was a student at the Brussels Cons, of Dupont (piano), Bosselet (harmony), and Fétis (composition). In 1869 he won the 2nd Belgian Prix de Rome with his cantata Torquato Tasso’s dood, winning the prize again in 1871 and 1873. He taught at the Louvain Music School (1867–73). After conducting at the Paris Théâtre de Châtelet (1873–75), he returned to the Louvain Music School as director in 1881. From 1898 to 1924 he was director of the Ghent Cons.

Works

dramatic: opera:Richilde (Brussels, Dec. 12, 1888); L’Enfance de Roland (Brussels, Jan. 16, 1895); La reine Vasthi (Brussels, 1905). comic opera:L’Echange (Liège, April 25, 1863); Georges Dandin (Brussels, Dec. 1877); La Bernoise (Brussels, April 1, 1880). ballet:Fumeurs de Kiff (Ghent, 1876). orch.: 3 symphonic poems:Noces féodales (1873), Le Lac (1874), and Sous bois (1875); Violin Concerto (1899); Koncertstuk for Piano and Orch. (1905). chamber: String Quartet (1873). vocal:5 cantatas:Torquato Tasso’s dood (1869), La dernèire nuit de Faust (1870), Le songe de Colomb (1872), Debout, peuple! (1876), and Les Bois (1894); Te Deum for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1872).

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