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 Gustave Charpentier

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Gustave Charpentier

  • Birth 25 Jun 1860 Dieuze, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
  • Death 18 Feb 1956 Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
  • Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
  • Plot Division 10
  • Memorial ID 7739

Composer. His fame rests on one work, the opera "Louise" (1900). Set in working-class Paris, it was an early example of "verismo," which brought naturalism to the operatic stage. Its aria "Depuis le jour" is still a popular recital piece. Charpentier was born in Dieuze, France. He studied under Jules Massenet at the Paris Conservatory and won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1887. His first major work was the orchestral suite "Italian Impressions" (1892). He wrote three other operas, including a highly-anticipated sequel to "Louise," "Julien" (1913); none were successful. Overall, Charpentier failed to live up to his early promise. He produced very little during his long life and seemed content to bask in the glow of his only hit. He oversaw a production of "Louise" at the Paris Opera shortly before his death at 95.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 19 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7739
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gustave Charpentier (25 Jun 1860–18 Feb 1956), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7739, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .