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Alphonse Varney

Alphonse Varney

French conductor
Alphonse Varney
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Intro French conductor
Was Musician Conductor
From France
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 1 December 1811, Paris, France
Death 7 February 1879, Paris, France (aged 67 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
Family
Children: Louis Varney
Education
Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse
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Biography

Alphonse Varney ([vaʁnɛ]; 1 December 1811 – 7 February 1879) was a French conductor, mainly of opera. His son was the composer Louis Varney who studied music with his father.

Education

He studied at the Paris Conservatoire including counterpoint with Reicha.

Career

Varney conducted the Théâtre de Ghent in 1835, followed by the Théâtre Historique, the Théâtre Lyrique (which he left in 1852 to spend more time composing, and conducting in Ghent), the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens from 1857 (from 1862-64 he was also director and staged works by Offenbach), the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux from 1865-1878, and the Société Sainte-Cecile in Bordeaux. He was also invited to conduct the 'French Opera Season' in New Orleans in 1844.

Compositions

Varney composed a well-known Chant des Girondins, written for the play Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge by Alexandre Dumas. He also composed the music for a drame-lyrique by Alexandre Dumas, fils in 1848 entitled Atala. His opéra comique La ferme de Kilmoor (first performance 27 October 1852 at the Théâtre-Lyrique) was savaged by the critics. Other stage works by Varney include Le moulin joli (1849), L'opéra au camp (1854), La polka des sabots (1859) and Un leçon d'amour (1868).

He retired in 1878.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 15 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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