See also:born on the 13th of
See also:April 1810 at Cadenet, in the department of
See also:Vaucluse . As a
See also:child he showed unusual musical precocity, and .being early
See also:left an
See also:orphan he was admitted into the
See also:choir of
See also:Saint Sauveur at
See also:Aix . He was for a
See also:time employed in an
See also:office, but quitted his service to become chef d'orchestre in the theatre at Aix, and
See also:master at Saint Sauveur . Then he went to
See also:Paris, being provided with £roo a
See also:year by a
See also:uncle . After having studied for a while at the Paris
See also:Conservatoire, he joined the
See also:sect of Saint Simonians, and in 1833 travelled in the East in
See also:order to preach the new
See also:doctrine . After three years'
See also:absence, during which Constantinople and
See also:Smyrna were visited and some time was spent in
See also:Egypt, he returned to France and published a collection of
See also:Oriental Melodies . For several years he worked in retirement, and wrote two symphonies, some chamber
See also:music and songs . On the 8th of
See also:December 1844 he suddenly leapt into fame through the extraordinary success obtained by his symphonic ode Le
See also:Desert, which was produced at the Conservatoire . In this
See also:David had struck out a new
See also:line . He had attempted in
See also:simple strains to evoke the majestic stillness of the desert . Notwithstanding its title of " symphonic ode," Le Desert has little in
See also:common with the symphonic
See also:style . What distinguishes it is a certain naivete of expression and an effective oriental colouring .
In this last respect David may be looked upon as the precursor of a wholearmy of composers . His succeeding
See also:works, Moise au
See also:Sinai (1846), Christophe
See also:Colomb (1847), L'Eden (1848), scarcely
See also:bore out the promise shown in Le Desert, although the second of these compositions was successful at the time of its production . David now turned his
See also:attention to the theatre, and produced the following operas in succession: La Perle du Presil (1851), Herculanum (1859), Lalla-Roukh (1862), Le Saphir (1865) . Of these, Lalla-Roukh is the one which has obtained the greatest success . In 1868 he gained the award of the French Institute for the biennial prize given by the emperor; and in 1869 he was made librarian at the Conservatoire instead of
See also:Berlioz, whom subsequently he succeeded as a member of the Institute . He died at Saint-Germain-en-Laye on the 29th of
See also:August 1876 . If David can scarcely be placed in the first
See also:rank of French composers, he nevertheless deserves the
See also:consideration due to a sincere artist, who was undoubtedly inspired by lofty ideals . At a time when the works of Berlioz were still unappreciated by the majority of
See also:people, David succeeded in making the public take
See also:interest in music of a picturesque and descriptive kind . Thus he may be considered as one of the pioneers of
See also:modern French musical
See also:art .
GERARD [GHEERAERT DAVIT] DAVID (?=1523)
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