Composer. His refined, introspective music helped bridge the gap between French Romanticism and Impressionism. Among his major compositions are the Symphony in B-Flat Major (1891), the Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet (1892), the "Poem" for Violin and Orchestra (1897), and the opera "Le Roi Arthus" (produced in 1903, after his death). Chausson was born into a wealthy family in Paris. His parents wanted him to become a lawyer and it was not until he was 25 that he was allowed to enter the Paris Conservatory. Dissatisfied with his courses there, he went into private study with composer Cesar Franck, who remained his greatest influence. From 1888 to 1898 Chausson was secretary of the Societie Nationale, which brought new French music to the public. Ironically, he himself shunned the spotlight and performances of his works were rare during his lifetime. He was just beginning to gain recognition when he was killed in a bicycle accident at Limay, Seine-et-Oise.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards
Ici reposent / […] Amédée Ernest / Chausson, / né à Paris / le 20 janvier 1855, / décédé à Limay le 10 juin 1899 […] / De profundis !.