A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Adrien Boieldieu

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December 16, 1775: François-Adrien Boieldieu is born near Rouen, Normandy, Kingdom of France, the first of three children born to Jacques François Adrien Boieldieu, a clerk in the secretariat of the Rouen archdiocese, and Anne-Marguerite Dumouchel.
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November 2, 1793: La fille coupable, an opéra-comique by Adrien Boieldieu (17) to his father’s words, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre des Arts, Rouen. The music, but not the libretto, is well received. The composer will make improvements in the text tomorrow and ensure a greatly successful second night.
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October 28, 1795: Rosalie et Myrza, an opéra-comique by Adrien Boieldieu (19) to his father’s words, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre des Arts, Rouen.
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February 3, 1797: Elisabeth Demeul, daughter of a Parisian violinist, gives birth to a girl. The baby is the illegitimate daughter of Adrien Boieldieu (21).
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February 11, 1797: La famille suisse, an opéra-comique by Adrien Boieldieu (21) to words of Saint-Just, is performed for the first time, in Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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June 4, 1797: Publication of Six romances nouvelles oeuvre IX for voice and piano by Adrien Boieldieu (21) is announced in Le miroir, Paris.
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June 29, 1797: Publication of Six romances nouvelles oeuvre X for voice and piano by Adrien Boieldieu (21) is announced in the Journal de Paris.
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November 7, 1797: Adrien Boieldieu’s (21) opéra-comique L’heureuse nouvelle to words of Saint-Just and Longchamps is performed for the first time, in Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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December 15, 1797: Le pari ou Mombreuil et Merville, an opéra-comique by Adrien Boieldieu to words of Longchamps, is performed for the first time, in the Salle Favart, Paris on the eve of the composer’s 22nd birthday.
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May 10, 1798: Zoraïme et Zulnar, an opéra-comique by Adrien Boieldieu (22) to words of Saint-Just, is performed for the first time, in Salle Favart, Paris.
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September 5, 1798: Adrien Boieldieu’s (22) opéra-comique La dot de Suzette, to words of Dejaure after Fiévée, is performed for the first time, in the Salle Favart, Paris.
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April 18, 1799: Les méprises espagnoles, an opéra-comique by Adrien Boieldieu (23) to words of Saint-Just, is performed for the first time, in Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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September 12, 1799: Emma, ou La prisonnière, an opéra-comique by Luigi Cherubini (39) and Adrien Boieldieu (23) to words of de Jouy, Saint-Just and Longchamps, is performed for the first time, in Théâtre Montansier, Paris. It achieves some success.
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June 8, 1800: Béniowski, ou Les exilés du Kamtchatka, an opéra-comique by Adrien Boieldieu (24) to words of Duval after Kotzebue, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Favart, Paris.
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September 16, 1800: Le calife de Bagdad, an opéra-comique by Adrien Boieldieu (24) to words of Saint-Just, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Favart, Paris.
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March 19, 1802: François-Adrien Boieldieu (26) marries Clotilde Mafleuray, a dancer, in Paris.
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August 15, 1802: Six composers, Luigi Cherubini (41), Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (39), Adrien Boieldieu (26), Rodolphe Kreutzer, Pierre Rode and Nicolò Isouard, create their own publishing business in Paris. They are inspired to do so by large commissions expected by established publishing houses.
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January 13, 1803: Ma tante Aurore, ou Le roman impromptu, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (27) to words of Longchamps, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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June 18, 1803: Le baiser et la quittance, ou Une aventure de garrison, an opéra-comique by Adrien Boieldieu (27), Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (39), Rodolphe Kreutzer and Nicolò Isouard, to words of Picard, Dieulafoy and Longchamps after Polier de Bottens, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris. It will fail in Paris but do better elsewhere.
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October 31, 1803: Paris newspapers announce the arrival of Adrien Boieldieu (27) in St. Petersburg. The acutal event occured sometime during the last two months.
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January 23, 1804: Tsar Alyeksandr I appoints Adrien Boieldieu (28) to a position comparable to Kapellmeister, at the Imperial court.
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March 17, 1804: Aline, reine de Golconde, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (28) to words of Vial and de Favières, is performed for the first time, in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
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April 30, 1805: La jeune femme colère, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (29) to words of Claparède after Étienne, is performed for the first time, in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
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August 7, 1805: Adrien Boieldieu’s (29) opéra comique Abderkan to words of Dégligny is performed for the first time, in the Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg.
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April 28, 1806: Un tour de soubrette, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (30) to words of Gersin is performed for the first time, in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
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December 28, 1806: Adrien Boieldieu’s (31) opéra comique Télémaque, to words of Dercy, is performed for the first time, in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
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April 16, 1808: Le séducteur en voyage, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (32) to words of Dupaty, is performed for the first time, in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg. It will later be called Les voitures versées.
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October 1, 1809: Adrien Boieldieu (33) is hired by Tsar Alyekandr to write and teach at the Imperial Theatre School, St. Petersburg.
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January 6, 1811: Rien de trop ou Les deux paravents, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (35) to words of Pain, is performed for the first time, in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
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April 19, 1811: Paris newspapers note the presence in the city of Adrien Boieldieu (35), home on leave from St. Petersburg.
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August 11, 1811: The Paris music publishing firm of Cherubini (50), Méhul (48), Kreutzer, Rode et Boieldieu (35) sell the rights to all works other than their own music to Jacques-Joseph-Désiré Frey.
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February 15, 1812: Due to tensions between France and Russia, and his pending divorce proceedings, Adrien Boieldieu (36) writes to Tsar Alyeksandr from Paris that he must resign his position as Kapellmeister.
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April 4, 1812: Jean de Paris, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (36) to words of Saint-Just, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris, his first production since returning to Paris from St. Petersburg.
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June 29, 1813: Le nouveau seigneur de village, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (37) to words of Creuzé de Lesser and Favières, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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February 12, 1814: Bayard à Mézières, ou La siège de Mézières, an opéra comique with music by Luigi Cherubini (53), Adrien Boieldieu (38), and two others to words of Chazet and Dupaty, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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May 21, 1814: Adrien Boieldieu’s (38) opéra comique Le béarnais, ou Henri IV en voyage to words of Sewrin is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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June 13, 1814: Angéla ou L’atelier de Jean Cousin, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (38) to words of Montcloux d’Epinay, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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July 30, 1814: Hanry R. Bishop (27) meets Adrien Boieldieu (38) in Paris.
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March 5, 1816: La fête du village voisin, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (40) to words of Sewrin, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris. The performance is a disaster due to the inept libretto and the poet is whistled when he appears at the end.
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May 4, 1816: Luigi Cherubini (55), Gaspare Spontini (41), and Adrien Boieldieu (40) are named members of Conseil Musical of the Royal Academy of Music.
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June 18, 1816: Charles de France ou Amour et Gloire, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (40) and Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hérold (25) to words of Théaulon de Lambert, d’Artois de Bournonville and de Rancé, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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July 24, 1816: Adrien Boieldieu (40) is named a member of the Conseil Littéraire of the Royal Academy of Music.
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November 29, 1817: Adrien Boieldieu (41) is elected to the French Institute, replacing Étienne-Nicolas Méhul (†0).
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June 30, 1818: Le petit chaperon rouge, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (42) to words of Théaulon de Lambert after Perrault, is performed for the first time, at the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris.
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February 1, 1820: Adrien Boieldieu (44) is named Professor of Composition at the Paris Conservatoire.
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May 2, 1821: Les Arts rivaux, a scène lyrique by Adrien Boieldieu (45) and Berton to words of Chazet, is performed for the first time, at the Hôtel de Ville, Paris.
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May 5, 1821: The Journal des débats announces that Luigi Cherubini (60) and Adrien Boieldieu (45), among others, are named Chevaliers in the Order of St. Michael.
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November 16, 1823: A gigantic banquet is given in Paris by the city’s leading artists in honor of Gioachino Rossini (31) in the Restaurant du Veau Qui Tette. 150 guests attend including Adrien Boieldieu (47), Daniel Auber (41), Ferdinand Hérold (32), many singers, actors and artists.
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December 15, 1823: La France et l’Espagne, a scéne lyrique by Adrien Boieldieu to words of Chazet, is performed for the first time, in the Hôtel de Ville, Paris on the eve of the composer’s 48th birthday.
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April 27, 1824: Les trois genres, a scène lyrique by Adrien Boieldieu (48) and Daniel Auber (42) to words of Scribe, Dupaty and Pichat, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre de l’Odéon, Paris.
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June 10, 1825: Pharamond, an opéra by Adrien Boieldieu (49), Henri-Montan Berton and Rodolphe Kreutzer to words of Ancelot, Guiraud, and Soumet, is performed for the first time, in the Académie Royale de Musique, Paris. The work is presented for the coronation of Charles X.
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December 10, 1825: La dame blanche, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (49) to words of Scribe after Scott, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre Feydeau, Paris. It is very successful.
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July 12, 1826: The music section of the Institute, which includes François-Joseph Gossec (92), Luigi Cherubini (65), and Adrien Boieldieu (50), decide that two of the six Prix de Rome candidates should not continue past the preliminary stage. One of them is Hector Berlioz (22). Based on this result, he and his teacher, Jean-François Le Sueur, decide that he must enroll in the Paris Conservatoire.
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January 23, 1827: François-Adrien Boieldieu (51) marries his second wife, Jeanne Philis-Bertin, an opera singer, in Jarcy. They have been living together for several years. Luigi Cherubini (66) is a witness.
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May 20, 1829: Les deux nuits, an opéra comique by Adrien Boieldieu (53) to words of Scribe and Bouilly, is performed for the first time, in the Théâtre Ventadour, Paris. A success tonight, it will ultimately fail.
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July 30, 1829: Hector Berlioz’ (25) entry in the Prix de Rome competition, the cantata Cléopâtre, is performed for the first time. No grand prize is awarded this year. The jury desired to give the prize to Berlioz but, as Adrien Boieldieu (53) will tell him, they could not judge music that they were incapable of understanding.
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March 21, 1831: Giacomo Meyerbeer (39) hosts a dinner in Paris for Nicolò Paganini (48). Among the guests are Luigi Cherubini (70), François-Adrien Boieldieu (55), Daniel Auber (49), and Gioachino Rossini (39).
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October 31, 1831: La marquise de Brinvilliers, a drame lyrique by Luigi Cherubini (71), Adrien Boieldieu (55), Daniel Auber (49), Ferdinand Hérold (40) Henri-Montan Berton, Ferdinando Paer, Désiré-Alexandre Batton, Felice Blangini, and Michele Carafa, to words of Scribe and Castil-Blaze, is performed for the first time, at Théâtre Ventadour, Paris.
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October 8, 1834: 04:40 François-Adrien Boieldieu dies peacefully of “consumptive laryngitis” at Jarcy, Seine-et-Oise, Kingdom of France, aged 58 years, nine months and 22 days.
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October 13, 1834: A state funeral service for François-Adrien Boieldieu is held at Les Invalides. His mortal remains are laid to rest in Père Lachaise Cemetery. His heart will transported to his birthplace, Rouen, for burial.
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November 13, 1834: The heart of François-Adrien Boieldieu is interred in Rouen, his birthplace, amidst much ceremony.
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October 2, 1835: A Requiem mass for Vincenzo Bellini is held at Les Invalides. According to a report, “Paer, Cherubini (75), Carafa and Rossini (43) each held one corner of the shroud.” Bellini’s earthly remains are laid to rest in Pére-Lachaise Cemetery between those of Andre Ernest Modeste Grétry (†22) and François-Adrien Boieldieu (†0). See 15 September 1876.
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October 1, 1886: Richard Strauss (22) makes his opera conducting debut, in Munich with a production of Jean de Paris by Adrien Boieldieu (†51).