Émile Prudent

Émile Racine Gauthier Prudent (3 February 1817 – 14 May 1863) was a French pianist and composer. His works number about seventy, and include a piano trio, a concerto-symphony, many character pieces, sets of variations, transcriptions and etudes, in addition to his celebrated fantasies on operatic airs. As a teacher, he was very successful and produced several distinguished pupils.

Prudent by Tournachon Gaspard Felix
Émile Racine Gauthier Prudent
Tombe d'Émile PRUDENT (Racine GAULTIER) - Cimetière Montmartre 01
Montmartre Cemetery

Biography

Born at Angoulême, he never knew his parents and was adopted at an early age by a piano tuner, who gave him his first musical instruction. At ten, he entered the Paris Conservatoire, winning a first prize in piano in 1833, and a second prize in harmony in 1834. Upon graduation from the conservatory, with no patrons, he had to struggle financially for a while before he finally met with success at his first public performance. The concert was shared with the then-renowned virtuoso Sigismond Thalberg. The young Prudent performed his Fantasy on Lucia di Lammermoor, Op. 8, to great public acclaim, leading soon after to constant concertizing in France and abroad, including two trips to England in 1848 and 1852 to premiere his own works. He died in Paris in 1863, where he had spent most of his life.

References

  • Blom, Eric, ed; "Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians". 5th. 1954. Print.

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Prudent (name)

Prudent is both a given name and a surname. Notable people with the name include:

Given name:

Prudent de Narbonne (died c. 257), Archdeacon of Narbonne

Prudent Beaudry (1818–1893), mayor of Los Angeles

Prudent Carpentier (born 1922), Canadian politician

Prudent Joye (1913–1980), French track and field runnerSurname:

Émile Prudent (1817–1863), French pianist and composer

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