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Théodore Dubois

Clément François Théodore Dubois (24 August 1837 – 11 June 1924) was a French Romantic composer, organist, and music teacher.

After study at the Paris Conservatoire, Dubois won France's premier musical prize, the Prix de Rome in 1861. He became an organist and choirmaster at several well-known churches in Paris, and at the same time was a professor in the Conservatoire, teaching harmony from 1871 to 1891 and composition from 1891 to 1896, when he succeeded Ambroise Thomas as the Conservatoire's director. He continued his predecessor's strictly conservative curriculum and was forced to retire early after a scandal erupted over the faculty's attempt to rig the Prix de Rome competition to prevent the modernist Maurice Ravel from winning.

As a composer, Dubois was seen as capable and tasteful, but not strikingly original or inspired. He hoped for a career as an opera composer, but became better known for his church compositions. His books on music theory were influential, and remained in use for many years.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 24, 1837 (Rosnay), Died June 11, 1924 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E-4011 8-in. 11/7/1906 Ave verum Edouard Le Bel Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-4637 12-in. 7/3/1907 God, my Father Emilio de Gogorza ; Victor Orchestra Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-16773 10-in. 11/15/1915 Le Lethe Neapolitan Trio Instrumental trio, with bells composer  
Victor B-22461 10-in. 12/11/1918 Rigaudon de Xaviere : Entr'acte Fernand Pollain Cello solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-37732 10-in. 1/26/1927 Cantilène nuptiale William J. Finn Organ solo composer  
Victor CVE-51856 12-in. 5/28/1929 Hosannah grand chorus magnus Alexander Russell Organ solo composer  
Victor BS-75130 10-in. 2/14/1933 March of the Magi kings Dr. William Churchill Hammond Organ solo composer  
Victor BVE-[Unnumbered 1927-01-26-01] 10-in. 1/26/1927 March of the magi kings William J. Finn Organ solo composer  
Victor [Trial 1914-10-06-04] Not documented 10/6/1914 All ye who have Paul J. Breedy Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 6444 12-in. approximately 1915 Noel Band of the Grenadier Guards [U.K] ; Lt. A. Williams Band arranger  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1021 10-in. 4/13/1928 Il neige Élie Cohen ; Lucien Fugère Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dubois, Théodore," accessed May 21, 2024,

Dubois, Théodore. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from

"Dubois, Théodore." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 May 2024.

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