Louis Niedermeyer

Abraham Louis Niedermeyer (27 April 1802 – 14 March 1861) was a composer chiefly of church music but also of a few operas, and a teacher who took over the École Choron, duly renamed École Niedermeyer, a school for the study and practice of church music, where several eminent French musicians studied including Gabriel Fauré and André Messager.

Louis Niedermeyer
Louis Niedermeyer, ca. 1850, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Life and career

Louis Niedermeyer La Fronde
Scene from the 4th act of La Fronde, an opera by Louis Niedermeyer.

Born in Nyon, Switzerland, Niedermeyer studied piano in Vienna with Ignaz Moscheles and composition with Emanuel Aloys Förster. He studied further in Rome with Vincenzo Fioravanti (1819) and in Naples with Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli. While in Rome, he had the luck to meet Gioachino Rossini, who befriended him and urged the production of some of Niedermeyer's operas. His first opera, Il reo per amore ("Guilty for love"), was put on in Naples in 1820 with some success.

Like Rossini, Niedermeyer settled in Paris (at the age of 21, in 1823); and there, in later years, four more of his operas were staged, though with little success: La casa nel bosco ("The House in the woods"' 28 May 1828), Stradella (3 March 1837), Marie Stuart (6 December 1844) and La Fronde ("The Fronde"' 2 May 1853).

Niedermeyer also collaborated with his friend Rossini on the assembly of Robert Bruce (1846), Rossini's third and last pastiche; Niedermeyer "provided the all-important French texts with their characteristic tone color and harmonies".[1] After these attempts at an operatic career Niedermeyer devoted himself primarily to sacred and secular vocal music. In October 1853, he reorganized and re-opened the school then known as the Ecole Choron (after Alexandre-Étienne Choron,[2] who had died in 1834). It was renamed the École Niedermeyer. Although it has had further name changes, the school is still open.

His church music remained in use in France and elsewhere into the 20th century. Although he studied in Austria and Italy, he is generally described today as a French composer because of his chosen country of residence. He died in Paris.


  1. ^ Records international note on Robert Bruce on Records International.com; accessed 21 July 2012.
  2. ^ Smith, Rollin (1992). Saint-Saëns and the Organ. Pendragon Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-945193-14-9.


  • The Oxford Companion to Music, 10th Ed. (Scholes)

External links

Alexandre-Étienne Choron

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Gustave Lefèvre

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List of operas by Gioachino Rossini

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Marie Stuart (opera)

Marie Stuart is a grand opera in five acts composed by Louis Niedermeyer to a libretto by Théodor Anne loosely based on events in the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. It premiered at the Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris on 6 December 1844 with Rosine Stoltz in the title role.

Molinier (baritone)

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Omer Letorey

Omer Letorey (4 May 1873 – 21 March 1938) was a French composer.

Born in Chalon-sur-Saône, from 1887 Letorey attended the music school of Louis Niedermeyer. From 1891 he studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Émile Pessard; at the same time he became organist at the Ste-Elisabeth church. In 1895 he won the first Premier Grand Prix de Rome with the lyrical scene Clarisse Harlowe.

After his studies Letorey was musical director at the Comédie-Française until 1922. Furthermore, he was from 1900 successor of Edmond Missa, organist at the Église Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin, from 1903 cantor and organist at the St-Pierre-de-Chaillot church and from 1923 to 1925 cantor at the St-Honoré-d'Eylau church.

In addition to church music, Letorey composed several drama music and operas. His incidental music for Macbeth, which was premiered in 1914 at the Comédie Française, and the opera Le Sicilien (after Molière), which was premiered in 1930 at the Opéra-Comique with the mezzo-soprano Germaine Cernay, had great success.

Letorey died in Issy-les-Moulineaux in 1938.

Paul Barroilhet

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Robert Bruce (opera)

Robert Bruce is an 1846 pastiche opera in three acts, with music by Gioachino Rossini and Louis Niedermeyer to a French-language libretto by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz, after Walter Scott's History of Scotland. The music was stitched together by Niedermeyer, with the composer's permission, with pieces from La donna del lago, Zelmira, and other Rossini operas. The work was premiered on 30 December 1846, by the Paris Opera at the Salle Le Peletier. The audience may not have noticed, but the orchestra included for the first time a recently invented instrument, which later came to be known as the saxophone.

Salle Le Peletier

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Stradella (Franck)

Stradella, CFF 229, Op.033 is an 1841 opera by César Franck to a libretto by Émile Deschamps and Émilien Pacini. It is the first of Franck's four operas. Written when he was only 19, it was never orchestrated. Its first performance took place in the late 20th century.

Stradella (Niedermeyer)

Stradella is a Grand Opera in five acts by Louis Niedermeyer to a libretto by Emile Deschamps and Émilien Pacini. Based on a highly romanticized version of the life of the composer Alessandro Stradella (1639–1682), it was premiered at the Paris Opéra on 3 March 1837.

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