Malherbe, Charles Theodore



Composer and musical journalist; born in Paris. After studying law and being admitted to the bar he made music his profession, studying with Massenet, Danhauser and Wormser. He was secretary to M. Danhauser during a tour through Belgium, Holland and Switzerland, made with a view to investigating the systems of teaching music used in the public schools of those countries. Returning from this trip he settled in Paris, where in 1896 he was made assistant archivist to the Grand Opera, becoming archivist in 1899. He edits le Menestrel, writes for several other journals and periodicals and has published some original compositions and transcriptions. Among his compositions are Duo Concertant, a piano composition for four hands; Menuet de Lucette; and other pianopieces; a quickstep for orchestra; entitled En Route; several comic operas; orchestral and chamber-music. He has written notices of Ascanio and Esclarmonde and the Catalogue bibliographique des oeuvres de Donizetti. He is said to own the finest private collection of musical autographs in the world.