Photograph. Image 222 x 158mm. 8¾ x 6¼". Cut.
Daniel François Esprit Auber (1782-1871) was a French composer. He was the son of a print-seller, and although he was expected to continue in the family business, his father allowed him to learn how to play many musical instruments. Auber attempted various compositions at a young age and one of his violin concertos was played at the Paris Conservatoire, which encouraged him to undertake a resetting of an old comic opera, Julie (1811). His opera "le Séjour militaire" was badly received in Paris, which forced him to stop for several years, however his failure in business and the death of his father in 1819, compelled him once more to turn to music. His second opera was just as unsuccessful, yet he persevered and the following year he was rewarded by his opera in three acts, "La Bergère Châtelaine". He then went on from success to success culminating particularly with "La muette de Portici" in 1828, which quickly became one of Europe's favourite operas of the time, and was the foundation work of the new genre, Grand Opera, which was consolidated by Rossini's Guillaume Tell the following year. In 1829 he was elected a member of the Institute and a year later, named director of the court concerts. His opera "Le Philtre", was taken and translated into Italian, and set by Donizetti as "l'elisir d'amore", one of the most successful comic operas of all time. He was made a member of the Legion of Honour in 1825 and attained the rank of commander in 1847. Napoleon III made him his Imperial Maître de Chapelle in 1857. Manon Lescaut of 1856 marked the beginning of his slowdown in compositions, which his opera "le premier jour de bonheur" as the last in 1868. He died during the upheaval of the Paris Commune in 1871.
From the Collection of J.S. Bumpus.
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