Born July 31, 1848, in Paris; died there Jan. 28, 1903. French composer.
Planquette studied at the Paris Conservatory. In 1872 he made his debut as a composer for the theater. He won fame for his operetta The Bells of Corneville (1877, Paris), which developed the traditions of French comic opera. The operetta’s romanticism, lively characters, and simplicity of music contributed to its popularity. Some of Planquette’s other operettas, such as Pa-nurge (after F. Rabelais, 1895), also enjoyed success; in a number of them he paid tribute to the farcical current in French musical theater.