Vidal Paul (Antonin)

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Vidal Paul (Antonin)

noted French conductor, pedagogue, and composer; b. Toulouse, June 16,1863; d. Paris, April 9,1931. He studied at the Paris Cons., and in 1883 won the Prix de Rome with his cantata Le Gladiateur. In 1889 he joined the staff of the Paris Opéra as asst. choral director; later became chief conductor there (1906). He taught elementary courses at the Paris Cons, from 1894 until 1909, when he was appointed a prof, of composition. He was music director of the Opéra-Comique from 1914 to 1919. His brother, Joseph Bernard Vidal (b. Toulouse, Nov. 15,1859; d. Paris, Dec. 18,1924), was a conductor and composer; made a name for himself as a composer of operettas.


dramatic: Eros,fantaisie lyrique (Paris, April 22, 1892); L’Amour dans les enfers (1892); La Maladetta,ballet (Paris, Feb. 24, 1893); Fête russe,ballet (Paris, Oct. 24, 1893); Guernica,drame lyrique (Paris, June 7,1895); La Burgunde,opera (Paris, Dec. 23, 1898); Ramsès,drame (Paris, June 27, 1900); L’Impératrice,ballet (1903); Zino-Zina (1908); Ballet de Terpsichore (1909); also pantomimes, incidental music to plays. OTHER: Orch. pieces; choral works; chamber music; songs; piano pieces.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire