André Gedalge is a French composer and pedagogue, born in Paris on December 27, 1856.
It was not until he was 28 that he gave up his job as a bookseller to devote himself to music and integrate in 1884 the Paris Conservatory. He was named Second Grand Prix of Rome in 1886 for his cantata "Vision of Saul", In parallel with a composer's activity (four symphonies, an opera, different concertos, songs and melodies) André Gedalge leads a career as a teacher and pedagogue. His Treatises on Fugue, Counterpoint, his Teaching of music are considered as reference works.
Teacher at the Paris Conservatory, he has as students a flourishing generation of composers such as Nadia Boulanger, Maurice Ravel, George Enesco, Darius Milhaud, Jacques Ibert, Arthur Honegger, Florent Schmitt. "It was Gedalge who taught me everything," admitted Maurice Ravel. Andé Gedalge died on February 5, 1926 in Chessy, a small town on the banks of the Marne, where he had his country house and where he had received with kindness and skill so many composers learning their job.
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