André Wormser

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André Wormser

André Alphonse Toussaint Wormser (1 November 1851 – 4 November 1926) was a French banker and Romantic composer.

Life and career[edit]

André Wormser was born in Paris and studied with Antoine Marmontel and François Bazin at the Paris Conservatoire.[1] He married Olga née Boris, and the couple had four children, Diane, Sabine, Dominique and Olivier, all featured in a 1926 portrait Madame André Wormser and her Children by Édouard Vuillard.[2] As a wealthy man, Wormser was able to afford a membership in the social club Cercle artistique et litteraire.[3]

In 1872 Wormser won the Premier Prix in piano at the Paris Conservatoire,[4] and in 1875 he won the Prix de Rome for his cantata Clytemnestre. He is best known for the pantomime L'Enfant prodigue (1890),[5] which was revived at the Booth Theater in New York in 1916 as the three-act play Perroit the Prodigal.[6] He died in Paris.

Notable students include Charles Malherbe.


Wormser composed choral and orchestra music, opera and works for solo instrument and voice. Selected works include:

  • L'étoile, Ballet-pantomime en deux actes (1897)
  • Ballada for Oboe and Piano (1909)
  • Clytemnestre, cantata (1897)
  • L'Enfant prodigue, pantomime (1916)
  • Reverie (Gypsy Suite) for violin and piano
  • Adèle de Ponthière, opera (1887)
  • Rivoli, opera (1896)


  1. ^ "Wormser, Andre Alphonse". Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Madame André Wormser and her Children". Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Smith, Richard Langham; Potter, Caroline (2006). French music since Berlioz. 
  4. ^ Margell, Tad. "The Paris Conservatoire Concours Oboe Solos:The Gillet Years (1882-1919)" (PDF). IDRS Journal. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wormser, André". Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pierrot the Prodigal". Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

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