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Adolphe Adam
Adolphe Adam

Adolphe Charles Adam (July 24, 1803May 3, 1856) was a French composer and music critic. He is best known today for his ballets Giselle and Le Corsaire. Image File history File links Enb_adolhpe_adam_head_400. ... Image File history File links Enb_adolhpe_adam_head_400. ... July 24 is the 205th day (206th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 160 days remaining. ... 1803 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... 1856 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Giselle, danced to familiar music by the French ballet and opera composer Adolphe Adam, and choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, is a Romantic-era ballet first danced in Paris in 1841. ... Le Corsaire, (The Pirate), is a ballet in 3 acts choreographed by Konstantin Sergeyev to music by Adolphe Adam , Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo and Prince Oldenbourg. ...


Adam was born in Paris where his father Louis Adam (1758-1848) (born Johann Ludwig Adam in Muttersholtz, Alsace), a pianist and composer was professor at the Paris Conservatoire. His mother was the daughter of a physician. As a child, Adolphe Adam preferred to improvise music of his own rather than study music seriously. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1821 where he studied organ and harmonium under François-Adrien Boieldieu. However, he did not win the Grand Prix de Rome and his father did not encourage him to pursue a music as a career. The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... 1758 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1848 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Capital Strasbourg Land area¹ 8,280 km² Regional President Adrien Zeller (UMP) (since 1996) Population  - Jan. ... A grand piano A piano is a keyboard instrument, widely used in western music for solo performance, chamber music, and accompaniment, and also as a convenient aid to composing and rehearsal. ... Former Conservatoire building (until 1911), still used as Théâtre du Conservatoire The Conservatoire de Paris, full contemporary name Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, has been central to the evolution of music in France and Western Europe. ... 1821 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... François-Adrien Boieldieu (December 16, 1775 – October 8, 1834) was a French composer, mainly of operas. ...


By the time he was 20, he was writing songs for Paris vaudeville houses and playing in the orchestra at the Gymnaste Dramatique, where he later became chorus master. Like many other French composers, he made a living largely by playing the organ.


In 1825, he helped Boieldieu prepare parts for La dame blanche and made a piano reduction of the score. He was able to travel through Europe with the money he made, and he met Eugène Scribe, with whom he was later to collaborate, in Geneva. By 1830, he had completed 28 theater works. 1825 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Augustin Eugène Scribe (December 24, 1791 - February 20, 1861), was a French dramatist and librettist. ... Geneva (French: Genève, German: Genf, Italian: Ginevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland, situated where Lake Geneva (French Lac Léman) flows into the Rhône River. ... Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix commemorates the July Revolution 1830 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


Adam is probably best remembered for the ballet Giselle (1841). He wrote several other ballets and 39 operas, including Le postillon de Lonjumeau (1836) and Si j'étais roi (1852). The Waltz of the Snowflakes from Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker Ballet is the name given to a specific dance form and technique. ... Giselle, danced to familiar music by the French ballet and opera composer Adolphe Adam, and choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, is a Romantic-era ballet first danced in Paris in 1841. ... take you to calendar). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Le postillon de Lonjumeau (English: The Coachman of Longjumeau) is an opéra-comique in three acts by Adolphe Adam. ... Charles Darwin 1836 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Si jétais roi (English: If I Were King) is an opéra-comique in three acts by Adolphe Adam. ... 1852 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


After quarreling with the director of the Opéra, Adam invested his money and borrowed heavily to open a third opera house in Paris: the Théâtre National. It opened in 1847, but had to be closed because of the Revolution of 1848, leaving Adam with overwhelming debts. He briefly turned to journalism to try to extricate himself. From 1849 to his death, he taught composition at the Paris Conservatoire. 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... —Alexis de Tocqueville, Recollections The European Revolutions of 1848, in some countries known as the Spring of Nations, were the bloody consequences of a variety of changes that had been taking place in Europe in the first half of the 19th century. ... 1849 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Conservatoire de Paris, or Paris Conservatoire, has been central to the evolution of music in France and Western Europe. ...


His Christmas carol "Cantique de Noël", often known by its English title "O Holy Night", has become an international favourite and may have been the first music broadcast on radio [1]. Although there are modern-day claims that Adam was Jewish [2], these seem to lack substantiation. He was, at least at the end of his life, a Catholic. (From the obituary, May 4, 1856, in "La France Musicale": "Les obsèques de M. Adolphe Adam auront lieu lundi 5 mai, à 11 heures, en l'église de Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, sa paroisse." "The funeral of Mr. Adolphe Adam will take place Monday, May 5, in the church of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, his parish." And from the report of his funeral, in the May 11 issue: "Après la cérémonie religieuse,...." "After the religious ceremony,...." See the reproduction at [3].) O Holy Night is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem Minuit, chrétiens by Placide Cappeau (also known as Cantique de Noël). In the carol, the singer recalls the birth of Jesus. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ...


He died in Paris and was buried in the Montmartre Cemetery. Cimetière de Montmartre is a famous cemetery located at 37 Avenue Samson, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, France. ...


Main works

  • Ballets :
La chatte blanche (1830)
Faust (1833)
La fille du Danube (1836)
Les Mohicans (1837)
L'écumeur des mers (1840)
Les Hamadryades (1840)
Giselle ou Les willis (1841)
La jolie fille de Gand (1842)
Le diable à quatre (1843)
La fille de marbre (1845)
Griseldis ou Les cinq sens (1848)
Le filleule des fées (1849)
Orfa (1852)
Le corsaire (1856)
  • Operas :
Le mal du pays ou La bâtelière de Brientz (1827)
Le jeune propriétaire et le vieux fermier (1829)
Pierre et Catherine (1829)
Danilowa (1830)
Les trois Catherine (1830)
Trois jours en une heure (1830)
Joséphine ou Le retour de Wagram (1830)
Le morceau d'ensemble (1831)
Le grand prix ou Le voyage à frais communs (1831)
Casimir ou Le premier tête-à-tête (1831)
His First Campaign (1832)
The Dark Diamond (1832)
Le proscrit ou Le tribunal (1833)
Une bonne fortune (1834)
Le chalet (1834)
La marquise (1835)
Micheline ou L'Heure de l'esprit (1835)
Le postillon de Lonjumeau (1836)
Le fidèle berger (1838)
Le brasseur de Preston (1838)
Régine ou Les deux nuits (1839)
La reine d'un jour (1839)
La rose de Péronne (1840)
La main de fer ou Un mariage secret (1841)
Le roi d'Yvetôt (1842)
Lambert Simnel (1843)
Cagliostro (1844)
Richard en Palestine (1844)
La bouquetière (1847)
Les premiers pas ou Les deux génies ou Les mémoires de la blanchisseuse (1847)
Le toréador ou L'accord parfait (1849)
Le fanal (1849)
Giralda ou La nouvelle psyché (1850)
Le farfadet (1852)
La poupée de Nuremberg (1852)
Si j'étais roi (1852)
Le sourd ou L'auberge pleine (1853)
Le roi des halles (1853)
Le bijou perdu (1853)
Le muletier de Tolède (1854)
À Clichy, épisode de la vie d'un artiste (1854)
Mam'zelle Geneviève (1856)
Falstaff (1856)
Les pantins de Violette (1856)

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Adolphe Adam Biography - AOL Music (353 words)
Adolphe Adam was a Romantic composer of opera, ballet and some religious music though the latter does not approach the quality of the former.
Adam successfully composed, conducted and arranged music for the stage with a talent and expertise few can claim; he even conducted "Le brasseur de Preston" for an audience before Tsar Nicholas I in St. Petersburg to whom the opera was dedicated.
Adam's associates extended from the choreographer Gautier to the dancer Taglioni and composition for the ballet came easily to him.
Adam Adolphe Charles - Search Results - MSN Encarta (165 words)
Adam, Adolphe Charles (1803-56), French composer, whose music is distinguished by its daintiness and finish.
Adolphe Charles Adam (July 24, 1803 – May 3, 1856) was a French composer and music critic.
Adam, Adolphe Charles - Columbia Encyclopedia article about Adam...
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