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VICTORIN JONCIERES (1839–1903)

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 497 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JONCIERES (1839–1903)  , French composer, was born in Paris on the 12th of
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April 1839 . He first devoted his attention to
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painting, but afterwards took up the serious study of
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music . He entered the Paris Conservatoire, but did not remain there long, because he had espoused too warmly the cause of Wagner against his professor . He composed the following operas: Sardanapale (1867), Le Dernier jour de Pampei (1869), Dimitri (1876), La Reine Berthe (1878), Le Chevalier
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Jean (1885), Lancelot (1900) . He also wrote incidental music to
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Hamlet, a
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symphony, and other
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works . Joncieres' admiration for Wagner asserted itself rather in a musical than a dramatic sense . The influence of the German master's earlier style can be traced in his operas . Joncieres, however, adhered to the recognized forms of the French opera and did not model his works according to the later developments of the Wagnerian " music drama." He may indeed be said to have been at least as much influenced by Gouno.d as by Wagner . From 1871 he was musical critic for La Liberte' . He died on the 26th of
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October 1903 .

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