Grandval, Mme. Marie Felicie Clemence de Reiset, Vicomtesse de


Noted French composer; born near Sarthe, France; studied composition under Flotow, and afterward became a pupil of Saint-Saens. Her earliest music was sacred, a mass and a Stabat Mater, performed in different churches, being her first works produced. Her operas number nine in all. Those that have been produced are as follows; Le Son de Lise; Les Fiances de Rosa; Piccolino; Atala; and Mazeppa, given with marked success. She won the Rossini Prize with an oratorio, La Fille de Jaire (The Daughter of Jairus). A number of her songs, and several symphonies have also been produced; an opera, Le bouclier de diamant, and a sacred drama, Sainte-Agnes, are in manuscript. Beside these works she composed music for orchestra, for piano, and for wood wind-instruments. Her concerto for oboe was performed at a Thomas concert, Chicago, 1908. Mme. De Grandval died in Paris, January 15, 1907. She had used the pseudonyms Tesier, Valgrand, Jasper, Banger and others.