Simon, Prosper-Charles

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Simon, Prosper-Charles

Simon, Prosper-Charles, French organist and pedagogue; b. Bordeaux, Dec. 27, 1788; d. Paris, May 31, 1866. He received music instruction from Franz Beck and studied organ with Father Placide, a Benedictine. After serving as organist at the church of St. Croix (1802–06) and St. Sevrin (1807–08; 1811–25), he settled in Paris as organist of the church of Notre-Dame des Victoires in 1826. He also taught organ and harmony at the Maison Royale of St. Denis from 1827. In 1840 he was made organist of the Basilica of St. Denis. In 1858 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion d’honneur. Simon was highly regarded as an organist and pedagogue. He wrote Vol. 2 of Georges Schmitt’s Nouveau manuel complet de l’organiste (Paris, 1863).


J. Dumoulin, Biographie de P.-C. S. (Paris, 1866).

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