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1791, Sep 51811-18611864, May 2
a German opera composer of Jewish birth who has been described as perhaps the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century. With his 1831 opera Robert le diable and its successors, he gave the genre of grand opera 'decisive character'. Meyerbeer's grand opera style was achieved by his merging of German orchestra style with Italian vocal tradition. These were employed in the context of sensational and melodramatic libretti created by Eugène Scribe and were enhanced by the up-to-date theatre technology of the Paris Opéra. They set a standard which helped to maintain Paris as the opera capital of the nineteenth century.
 Timeline (6)
03/07/1824-Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Il Crociati in Egitto" premieres in Venice
11/21/1831-Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Robert Le Diable is produced in Paris
02/29/1836-Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Les Huguenots premieres in Paris
04/06/1849-Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Le prophète premieres in Paris
04/16/1849-Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Le prophète premieres in Paris
04/04/1859-Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Dinorah premieres in Paris
 Mentions (5)
Wilhelm Beer
...astronomer from Berlin, Prussia, and the half-brother of Giacomo Meyerbeer. In 1830, Beer and Mädler created the first...
Germain Delavigne
...operas, Daniel Auber's La muette de Portici (1828) and Giacomo Meyerbeer's Robert le diable (1831). Amongst his later...
Jacques Fromental Halevy
Along with Giacomo Meyerbeer, the best known composer of French grand opera, Halévy's key work is La Juive, a story of religious intolerance set in 15th century...
Franz Lauska
a Moravian pianist, composer, and teacher of Giacomo Meyerbeer. Lauska was considered "one of the most brilliant executants...
Richard Wagner
...composer of works in the romantic vein of Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept...
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Giacomo Meyerbeer1791, Sep 51811
 
18611864, May 2

Friedrich Heinrich Himmel17651794
 
18131814
 a German composer, was born at Treuenbrietzen in Brandenburg, Prussia, and originally studied the...
Jean-Baptiste Davaux1742, Jul 191760
 
18161822, Feb 2
 a French violinist and composer. He started playing the violin and the mandolin. In 1767 Davaux w...
Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach1759, May 241780
 
18191845, Dec 25
  the only grandson of Johann Sebastian Bach to gain fame as a composer. He was music director to ...
William Herschel1738, Nov 151774
 
18201822, Aug 25
 a German-born British astronomer, composer, and brother of Caroline Herschel. His interest in ast...
Ludwig van Beethoven1770, Dec1778
 
18261827, Mar 26
 a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Roman...
Wenzel Muller1767, Sep 261786
 
18301835, Aug 3
 an Austrian composer and conductor. He was a popular and prolific composer producing more than 25...
Ludwig Abeille1761, Feb 201782
 
18321838, Mar 2
 a German pianist and composer. He wrote several folk songs, concerts, and two operas, Amor und Ps...
Vincenzo Bellini1801, Nov 31807
 
18351835, Sep 23
 an Italian opera composer. His most celebrated works are the operas La sonnambula and Norma. On a...
Niccolo Paganini17821800
 
18361840
 an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuos...
Thomas Attwood [1]1765, Nov 231787
 
18381838, Mar 24
 an English composer and organist. His compositions, which show the influence of his teacher Wolfg...
Johan Olof Wallin1779, Oct 151837
 
 
18391839, Jun 30
 a Swedish minister, orator, poet and later Lutheran Church of Sweden Archbishop of Uppsala, Swede...
Karol Kurpinski1785, Mar 61797
 
18401857, Sep 18
 a Polish composer, conductor and pedagogue. Kurpinski was one of the most revered composers befor...
Erik Gustaf Geijer1783, Jan 121803
 
18461847, Apr 23
 a Swedish writer, historian, poet, philosopher, and composer. His writings served to promote Swed...
Gaetano Donizetti17971818
 
 
18461848
 an Italian composer. Along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, Donizetti was a leading c...
Isaac Nathan1791 ca1813
 
 
18471864, Jan 15
 an Anglo-Australian composer, musicologist, journalist and self-publicist, who ended an eventful ...
Felix Mendelssohn1809, Feb 31818
 
 
18471847, Nov 4
 a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. He was recognise...
Frederic Chopin1810, Mar 11817
 
 
18481849, Oct 17
 a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, who wrote primarily for the solo pian...
Louis Antoine Jullien1812, Apr 231826
 
 
18521860, Mar 14
 an eccentric French conductor and composer of light music. His fondness for the lighter forms of ...
Robert Schumann18101830
 
 
18541856
 a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest comp...
King Oscar I of Sweden1799, Jul 41844
 
 
18591859, Jul 8
  King of Sweden and Norway from 1844 to his death. When, in August 1810, his father Jean-Baptiste...
Frederick V M Bunknown1850
 
 
1859unknown
 an Austrailian composer, or a composer who lived and worked in Australia. There is very little in...
Gioachino Rossini17921804
 
18641868
 an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some i...
August Wilhelm Bach1796, Oct 41832
 
18691869, Apr 15
 a German composer and organist. He is unrelated to the family of Johann Sebastian Bach. His compo...
Stephen C. Massettunknown1840
 
1869unknown
 San Francisco's first entertainer, Stephen C. Massett, was the true Bohemian type. He was an arti...
Saverio Mercadante1795, Sep1817
 
18701870, Dec 17
 an Italian composer, particularly of operas. While Mercadante may not have retained the internati...
Friedrich von Flotow18121835
 
18761883
 a German composer. He is chiefly remembered for his opera Martha, which was popular in the 19th c...
Pavel Krizkovsky1820, Jan 91845
 
18771885, May 8
 a Czech choral composer and conductor. Most of Krizkovsky's compositional output consists of chor...
Paolo Giorza1832, Nov 111852
 
18821914, May 4
 a musician, was born in Milan, Italy, son of Luigi Giorza, baritone, organist and itinerant paint...
Franz Liszt1811, Oct 221820
 
18851886, Jul 31
 a prolific 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger,...
Eduard Lassen1830, Apr 131844
 
18881904, Jan 15
 a Belgian-Danish composer and conductor. Although of Danish birth, he spent most of his career wo...
Giuseppe Verdi1813, Oct 9/101834
 
19001901, Jan 27
  a leading Italian composer of opera in the 19th c., noted for operas such as Rigoletto 1851 La ...
Wilhelm Kuhe1823, Dec 101844
 
19041912, Oct 8
 a German pianist and piano teacher, composer and administrator born in the city of Prague (modern...
Fanny Crosby1820, Mar 241843
 
19151915, Feb 12
 an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. A member of the Sixth Avenue Bible Bapt...
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