Alfred Quidant

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Pierre Robert Joseph (Alfred) Quidant (1815–1893) was a French pianist, composer and music teacher born 7 December 1815 in Lyon, France, the son of a merchant of musical instruments. He began studying music and piano in his hometown. In 1831, he went to study at the Conservatoire de Paris,[1] but interrupted his studies to work for Sébastien Érard as piano demonstrator, a job that he held for more than thirty years.[1] Quidant wrote mainly salon music, which became popular during his time. His pupils include Emil von Sauer, Conrad Ansorge, and Arthur de Greef.[2] He died in Paris on 9 October 1893.[3]

Quidant had a son named R. Alfred Quidant (1856–1933).[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • La Fête au village, grande valse
  • Fantaisie, en forme de valse chromatique
  • Cantique, ou Fantaisie de Salon, Op. 13
  • Mazeppa, grande étude-galop, Op. 21
  • Grande étude-valse, Op. 29
  • La Marche de l'Univers, fantaisie, Op. 34
  • L'Horloge à musique, caprice, Op. 35[5]


  1. ^ a b Hubbard, W. L. (2005). The American History and Encyclopedia of Music: Musical Biographies. Kessinger Publishing. p. 185. ISBN 1417907134. 
  2. ^ Methuen-Campbell, James (1981). Chopin playing: from the composer to the present day. V. Gollancz. p. 45. ISBN 057502884X. 
  3. ^ 19th century American music periodicals (1893). The Music Review: Devoted to the Theory, Analysis, Review and Practice of Music, Volumes 3-4. C.F. Summy. p. 108. OCLC 64769054. 
  4. ^ French National Library; cites Souvenirs du fils d'Alfred Quidant (1925).
  5. ^ François-Joseph, Fétis (1870). Biographie universelle des musiciens et bibliographie générale de la musique, Volume 7. Paris: Firmin Didot frères, fils et cie. p. 152. OCLC 775587324. 

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