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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 76-87 of 87 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 1434c 12-in. 1907 Muta di Portici : Sinfonía Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Gramophone BLR3784 10-in. 1/23/1928 Maurer und Schlosser (Ouvertüre) Orchester der Berliner Staatsoper ; Ernst Viebig Orchestra composer  
Gramophone BLR3785 10-in. 1/23/1928 Maurer und Schlosser (Ouvertüre) Orchester der Berliner Staatsoper ; Ernst Viebig Orchestra composer  
Gramophone 7019½b 10-in. 1905 Ah si per sempre Alberto Caffo Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 7022b 10-in. 1905 Quell'uom dal fiero aspetto Alberto Caffo ; Emma Trentini Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 8038b 10-in. May 1906 Agnese la zitella Pietro Lara Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 11003b 10-in. approximately Nov. 1907 Sinfonia Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Gramophone 11004b 10-in. approximately Nov. 1907 Sinfonia Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Gramophone 11809u 10-in. 1907 Stumme von Portici Leo Slezak Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL3169 10-in. 6/8/1931 La mieu bella nissa Pierre Chagnon ; Léon Ponzio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLB67 10-in. April-May 1930 Cavatine du Sommeil Louis Dister ; Fernand Goeyens Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLB68 10-in. April-May 1930 Amour sacré de la patrie Louis Dister ; Fernand Goeyens ; Louis Richard Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra composer  
(Results 76-87 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.

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

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