Reber, (Napoléon-) Henri

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Reber, (Napoléon-) Henri

Reber, (Napoléon-) Henri , French composer; b. Mulhouse, Oct. 21, 1807; d. Paris, Nov. 24, 1880. He studied with Reicha and Le Sueur at the Paris Cons., becoming a prof. of harmony there in 1851. He succeeded Halévy as prof. of composition in 1862 (being succeeded in turn by Saint-Saëns in 1880), and was also inspector of the branch conservatories from 1871. He publ. Traité d’harmonie (Paris, 1862; 2nd ed., 1889, ed. by T. Dubois).


DRAMATIC : Comic Opera (all first perf. at the Opéra-Comique, Paris): La Nuit de Noël (Feb. 9, 1848); Le Père Gaillard (Sept. 7, 1852); Les Papillotes de Monsieur Benoist (Dec. 28, 1853); Les Dames-capitaines (June 3, 1857). Ba11et : Le Diable amoureux (Sept. 23, 1840; in collaboration with F. Benoist). OTHER : 4 syms.; Suite de morceaux for Orch.; String Quintet; Piano Quartet; 3 string quartets; 7 piano trios; piano pieces; 55 melodies for Voice and Piano; 18 vocalises for Soprano or Tenor and Piano; etc.


C. Saint-Saëns, Notice sur N. H. R .(Paris, 1881).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire