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Adolphe Adam

French composer, critic and teacher Adolphe Adam was born in Paris on 24 July 1803. His father, the Alsatian composer and Paris Conservatoire professor Jean-Louis Adam, didn't wand Adolphe to take up music professionally, but his son studied secretly with Ferdinand Hérold. Eventually his father relented, and Adolphe was able to study organ and harmonium at the Paris Conservatoire. He was able to make most of his living by playing the organ.

Adolphe Adam, best remembered for his ballets Giselle and Le corsaire, his opera Si j'étais roi and his Christmas carol Minuit, chrétiens! ('O Holy Night'), died in Paris on 3 May 1856, aged fifty-two.

A selection of M&V articles about Adolphe Adam

Ensemble. Very Special - Christmas music in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Two Ballets - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a new dance in Rome

Ensemble. A Pleasant Change - Derby Choral Union's Christmas Concert, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Sweet and Sour - Adolphe Adam's 'Giselle', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Very Impressive - Christmas music from the Brass Band of Battle Creek, recommended by Keith Bramich. '... bewitchingly subtle touches of colour ...'

Ensemble. Very Juicy - Summer Opera in Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Joyously Guiltfree - Haydn's 'Creation', heard by Robert Anderson. 'Haydn is on top form throughout ...'

CD Spotlight. Nearly Unknown - Bologna's Renaissance music, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi. '... an efficient and effective local ensemble ...'

Ensemble. A Magisterial Presence - William Christie conducts Purcell's 'The Fairy Queen', reviewed by Robert Hugill

DVD Spotlight. A Virtuoso Performance - Adolphe Adam's 'Giselle', reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... irresistible appeal'

Ensemble. Opulently Staged - Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor', reviewed by Maria Nockin

Ensemble. A gripping evening - 'Billy Budd' at English National Opera, reviewed by Robert Hugill

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