|born on||5 September 1879 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )|
|Place||Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, 49n20, 0w27|
|Timezone||LMT m0w27 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||12°22' 04°08 Asc. 10°11'|
French conductor and composer. Though born in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, his family originated in Vitré in nearby Brittany. He returned to the region at the age of 19, and many of his compositions express his love of the area. He also had close relationships with composers of the Breton cultural renaissance, notably Guy Ropartz, Paul Le Flem, Paul Ladmirault and Louis Aubert. As a conductor he was notable for his attempts to expand appreciation of classical music.
He studied piano at the Paris Conservatory and learned music theory under André Gedalge. He began his career as a chef de chant at the Opera-Comique in 1907. He was then appointed as musical director of various orchestral groups, notably the Society of Saint Cecilia in Bordeaux and Angers Société populaire(1910–1912).
In 1910 he was chosen to head the "Festival of French music" in Munich in Germany. Serge Diaghilev requested that he conduct the Ballets Russes in London and South America (1912–1913). During World War I he was the head of the Dutch Royal Opera (1916–1918) and held summer concerts of the Orchestra in Residence of the Hague in Scheveningen (1914–1919).
Serge Sandberg entrusted him with the direction of the Pasdeloup concert (the French "Proms") the mission of which was to democratize access to music, providing commentary and analysis prior to the performance of works. He organized this event until 1932, and continued to lead the orchestra until the end of his life.
He died on 23 September 1940, at Le Mans.
Taeger quotes Lescaut who quotes Barbault
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor