Bruneau, Louis Charles Bonaventure Alfred

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Bruneau, Louis Charles Bonaventure Alfred

 

Born Mar. 3, 1857, in Paris; died there June 15, 1934. French composer, critic, and musical figure. Member of the Institute of France (1925).

Bruneau was a pupil of J. Massenet. He composed 14 operas, most of whose plots were based on the works of E. Zola, and a number of the librettos were written by Zola himself. Bruneau was the first to show contemporary characters (the peasant and the worker) on the operatic stage—for example, L’Attaque du moulin (1893), Messidor (1897), and L’Ouragan (1901), all staged in Paris. Bruneau was one of the outstanding representatives of naturalism in French opera. He also wrote ballets, orchestral works, and song cycles. Bruneau was also a critic, among whose works Russian Music and French Musicians (1903) and Recollections of Zola (1932) are especially noteworthy.

REFERENCES

Frantsuzskaia muzyka vtoroi poloviny XIX v.: Sb. perevodnykh rabot. Edited and with an introduction by M. S. Druskin. Moscow, 1938.
Boschot, A. La Vie et les oeuvres de A. Bruneau. Paris, 1937.
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