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BENJAMIN LOUIS PAUL GODARD (1849-1895)

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 170 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BENJAMIN LOUIS PAUL GODARD (1849-1895), French round these barriers with little success, and the undertaking has composer, was born in Paris, on the 18th of August 1849. He been abandoned. studied at the Conservatoire, and competed for the Prix de GODAVARI, a district of British India, in the north-east Rome without success in ,866 and 1867. He began'by publishing of the Madras presidency. It was remodelled in 1907-1908, a number of songs, many of which are charming, such as " Je when part of it was transferred to Kistna district. Its present ne veux pas d'autres choses," " Ninon," " Chanson de Florian," area is 5634 sq. m. Its territory now lies mainly east of also a quantity of piano pieces, some chamber music, including the Godavari river, including the entire delta, with a long several violin sonatas, a trio for piano and strings, a quartet for narrow strip extending up its valley. The apex of the delta strings, a violin concerto and a second work of the same kind is at Dowlaishweram, where a great dam renders the waters entitled " Concerto Romantique." Godard's chance arrived in available for irrigation. Between this point and the coast the year 1878, when with his dramatic cantata, Le Tasse, he shared there is a vast extent of rice fields. Farther inland, and with M. Theodore Dubois the honour of winning the musical enclosing the valley of the great river, are low hills, steep and competition instituted by the city of Paris. From that time forest-clad. The north-eastern part, known as the Agency until his death Godard composed a surprisingly large number of tract, is occupied by spurs of the Eastern Ghats. The coast is works, including four operas, Pedro de Zalamea, produced at low, sandy and swampy, the sea -very shallow, so that vessels Antwerp in 1884; Jocelyn, given in Paris at the Theatre du must lie nearly 5 m. from Cocanada, the chief port. The Sabari Chateau d'Eau, in 1888; Dante, played at the Opera Comique is the principal tributary of the Godavari within the district. two years later; and La Vivandiere, left unfinished and partly The Godavari often rises in destructive floods. The population scored by another hand. This last work was heard at the Opera of the present area in 1901 was 1,445,961. In the old district Comique in 1895, and has been played in England by the Carl the increase during the last decade was 11 %. The chief towns Rosa Opera Company. His other works include the " Symphonic are Cocanada and Rajahmundry. The forests are of great value; legendaire," " Symphonie gothique," " Diane " and various coal is known, and graphite is worked. The population is orchestral works. Godard's productivity was enormous, and his principally occupied in agriculture, the principal crops being compositions are, for this reason only, decidedly unequal. He rice, oil-seeds, tobacco and sugar. The cigars known in England was at his best in works of smaller dimensions, and has left many as Lunkas are partly made from tobacco grown on lankas or exquisite songs. Among his more ambitious works the " Sym- islands in the river Godavari. Sugar (from the juice of the phonie legendaire " may be singled out as being one of the most palmyra palm) and rum are made by European processes at distinctive. He had a decided individuality, and his premaftre Samalkot. The administrative headquarters are now at "Coca-death at Cannes on the loth of January 1895 was a loss to nada; the chief seaport; but Rajahmundry, at the head of the French art. delta, is the old capital. A large but decreasing trade is conducted
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