Taffanel, Paul

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Taffanel, Paul Gender: M
Claude Paul Taffanel
born on 17 May 1844 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place Bordeaux, France, 44n50, 0w34
Timezone LMT m0w34 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 26°26' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 25°36 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 05°04'

Paul Taffanel


French flautist, conductor and instructor, regarded as the founder of the French Flute School that dominated much of flute composition and performance during the mid-20th century.

Taffanel built a substantial career as both soloist and orchestral player over 30 years, becoming known as the foremost flautist of his time and reestablishing the instrument in the mainstream of music.

Taffanel became an important opera and orchestra conductor, serving from 1890 to 1906 as chief conductor at both the Paris Opéra and the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire.

He began writing a method book for flute, 17 Grands Exercices Journaliers De Mecanisme, which was finished after his death by two of his students, Louis Fleury and Philippe Gaubert. Today, this is considered a standard method book for flute players to study from. Gaubert became the second most recognized French flautist and composer (after Taffanel).

He suffered from a physical breakdown in 1901, and died in Paris on 22 November 1908 at age 64.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) student relationship with Moyse, Marcel (born 17 May 1889)


  • Health : Acute illness 1901 (Physical breakdown)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Bordeaux archives (sector 1, no. 1203).


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Flute)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (French Flute School)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Foremost flautist of his time)