Louis Niedermeyer


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 "Ecole 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.

Born in Nyon, Switzerland, Niedermeyer studied piano in Vienna with Ignaz Moscheles and composition with Emmanuel Aloys Förster. He studied further in Rome with Vincenzo Fioravanti (1819) and in Naples with Nicola 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", 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" (28 May 1828)
*"Stradella" (3 March 1837)
*"Marie Stuart" (6 December 1844)
*"La Fronde" (2 May 1853)

Niedermeyer also collaborated with his friend Rossini on the assembly of "Robert Bruce", Rossini's third and last pastiche; Niedermeyer provided the all-important French texts with their characteristic tone color and harmonies.

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, 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.

References

* The Oxford Companion to Music, 10th Ed. (Scholes)
* French Wikipedia École Niedermeyer de Paris
* [http://www.recordsinternational.com/archive/RICatalogMay03.html Records international note on "Robert Bruce"]


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