Bazin, François Immanuel Joseph


French dramatic composer. Born at Marseilles. Studied the organ, harmony and composition at the Conservatory of Paris, taking six prizes between 1836 and 1840. After the performance of his cantata, Louise de Montfort, in 1840, Bazin went to Rome, where he remained three years, composing while there a Solemn Mass; the oratorio La Pentecote; and the psalm, Super Flumina Babylonis. These works were performed in 1843 by the Philharmonic Society of Rome. Bazin returned to Paris and was professor of harmony at the Conservatory, under Auber, then director. Later he was professor of singing and when Ambroise Thomas became director of the Conservatory in 1871, Bazin took his place as professor of composition. In 1872 he was made a member of the Academy. Beside the works already mentioned, Bazin composed nine operas, most of them comic, among which are Le Trompette de M. Le Prince; La Nuit de la Saint Sylvestre; Madelon and Le Voyage en Chine. He also wrote a number of part songs and a Course in Harmony, Theory and Practise for the students of the Conservatory.