Vaucorbeil, Auguste Emmanuel

1821-1884

 

French composer; born at Rouen. His father for many years was an actor under the name of Ferville. Auguste studied in the Paris Conservatory under Kuhm in solfeggio, Marmontel, piano; Dourlen, harmony, and under Cherubmi for fugue and composition. He was patronized by Queen Marie Amelie, who assisted him some, and he made a livelihood by giving singing lessons. He gave his spare time to composition and published a collection of twenty-two songs, among which was a Simple Chanson, which became very popular. Later appeared two string-quartets, some sonatas for piano and violin, one for viola, and two suites for piano; and in 1863 a three-act comic opera, La Bataille d'Amour. A lyric scene, La Mort de Diane, was sung by Mme. Krauss at a Conservatory concert in 1870. An unpublished opera, Mahomet, is full of life and spirit. Vaucorbeil was appointed government commissary of the subsidized theatres and in 1878 Inspecteur des Beaux Arts, soon after which he became director of the Opera. He belonged to the Legion of Honor.