Vivier, Eugene Leon

1821-1900

 

Celebrated horn-player; born at Ajaccio, where his father was a taxcollector. Eugene went to Paris, where he was given a place in the orchestra of the Italiens and then of the Opera. He studied under Gallay and became successful as a soloist at concerts. He became very popular both for his personal qualities and his music. He was invited to play before  Louis Philippe at the Chateau d'Eu, and from 1870 he was a great favorite of Napoleon III. He was an extraordinary performer, producing three and even four notes at once, so as to play pieces for three horns, with full, clear triads, and chords of the six and sixfour from the same instrument. Most of his music for horn is in manuscript, though he published some songs with piano accompaniment.