A Wealthy Maverick
Music by the French composer George Onslow,
heard by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Who was André George Louis Onslow, normally called George Onlsow (1784-1853) in music history books? Often, he is only mentioned in passing, as on page 403 of Lucien Rabatet's Une Histoire de La Musique, for a long time one of the best sellers in the field, at least in France. In spite of the very British name (his father was born in the UK), he was quintessentially French, even though he was very interested in developments on the other side of the Rhine. In a period when music (and many other things such as politics and finance) were centered in Paris, he lived in rural Auvergne, in his castles near Clermont-Ferrand...
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