AUDRAN (EDMOND)

  • Edmond AUDRAN (1842 - 1901) is a French composer, born in Lyon on April 11, 1842. Son of a famous musician of the time (the tenor Marius Audran), he entered the Niedermeyer School (in Paris) in order to become a chapel master and encountered, among others, André Messager and Camille Saint-Saëns. In 1861, he joined Marseille and began working as an organist and then chapel master at the Saint Joseph church.
  • Edmond AUDRAN  composed his first scores: motets, masses, romances, operettas (including Le Grand Mogol with which he became popular) but also songs in Provençal dialect. He then returned to Paris and imposed himself as one of the main successors of Jacques Offenbach in the style of opera-buffa.
  • His numerous works (the best known of which are Les Noces d'Olivette, La Poupée, La Cigale et la Fourmi and especially La Mascotte) are successfully performed in operetta theaters all over France but also in England.
  • Edmond Audran died on August 17, 1901 in Tierceville (Seine-et-Oise).
AUDRAN (EDMOND)