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D. F. E. Auber

Daniel-François-Esprit Auber (French: [danjɛl fʁɑ̃swa ɛspʁi obɛːʁ]; 29 January 1782 – 12 May 1871) was a French composer and director of the Paris Conservatoire.

Born into an artistic family, Auber was at first an amateur composer before he took up writing operas professionally when the family's fortunes failed in 1820. He soon established a professional partnership with the librettist Eugène Scribe that lasted for 41 years and produced 39 operas, most of them commercial and critical successes. He is mostly associated with opéra-comique and composed 35 works in that genre. With Scribe he wrote the first French grand opera, La Muette de Portici (The Dumb Woman of Portici) in 1828, which paved the way for the large-scale works of Giacomo Meyerbeer.

Auber held two important official musical posts. From 1842 to 1871 he was director of France's premier music academy, the Paris Conservatoire, which he expanded and modernised. From 1852 until the fall of the Second Empire in 1870 he was director of the imperial chapel in the Louvre, for which he wrote a substantial number of liturgical works and other religious music.

A devotee of Paris, Auber refused to leave the city when the Franco Prussian War led to the siege of Paris and the subsequent rise of the Paris Commune. He died in his house in Paris, aged 89, shortly before the French government regained control of the capital.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 29, 1782 (Caen), Died May 12, 1871 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 87 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PC-55 12-in. 1/19/1925 Fra Diavolo overture Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor PC-56 12-in. 1/19/1925 Fra Dialovo overture Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor PCVE-252 12-in. 4/15/1927 Serenade Alfred Hertz ; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor S-560 12-in. 11/21/1910 Romanza del acto II Adelina Vehi Soprano vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-031132 10-in. 12/30/1938 L'eclat de rire Milne Charnley ; Bidu Sayão Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 277 7-in. ca. 1901 Fra Diavolo : Overture Artists vary Orchestra composer  
Columbia 277 10-in. ca. 1901 Fra Diavolo : Overture Artists vary Orchestra composer  
Columbia 366 7-in. ca. 1901 Masaniello : Overture Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 366 10-in. ca. 1901 Masaniello : Overture Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 992 7-in. ca. 1902-Oct. 1905 Zanetta : Overture Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 992 10-in. ca. 1902-1908 Zanetta : Overture Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 993 7-in. ca. 1902 Crown diamonds : Overture Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 993 10-in. ca. 1902-1908 Crown diamonds : Overture Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 30066 12-in. ca. 1906 Les diamants de la couronne : Aria José Grayville Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30705 12-in. ca. Jan.-July 1911 Masaniello : Overture Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 36836 12-in. 12/9/1913 Fra diavolo : Selections Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 36841 12-in. 12/22/1913 Fra diavolo : Vocal gems Columbia Light Opera Company Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 37495 12-in. 12/2/1915 Masaniello : Overture Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49077 12-in. 1/14/1917 Fra diavolo : Overture, part 1 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 49078 12-in. 1/14/1917 Fra diavolo : Overture, part 2 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 10490 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Io sono signore un infelice Virgilio Bellatti Baritone vocal solo composer  
Columbia 10493 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Frà Diavolo : Grazie al cielo per una serva Virgilio Bellatti Baritone vocal solo composer  
Columbia 10725 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Fra diavolo : Quell'uom dal fiero aspetto Ines Maria Ferraris ; Angelo Santini Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10994 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Grazie al cielo, per una serva Virgilio Bellatti Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10996 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Io son, signore, un infelice Virgilio Bellatti Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 26-50 of 87 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Auber, D. F. E.," accessed April 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102840.

Auber, D. F. E.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102840.

"Auber, D. F. E.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102840

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