Louis Adam

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Louis Adam
Louis Adam.jpg
Louis Adam, about 1810.
Background information
Birth name Johann Ludwig Adam
Genres Classical music
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instruments Piano

Louis Adam or Jean-Louis Adam (born as Johann Ludwig December 3, 1758, Alsace, France – April 8, 1848) was a French composer, music teacher, and piano virtuoso. His son, Adolphe Adam, was the composer of the score for the ballet Giselle.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Muttersholtz, Alsace, Adam went to Paris in 1775. He spent over four decades, from 1797 through 1842, as Professor of Pianoforte at the Conservatoire de Paris, and died in the city, aged 89. As professor, he was the teacher of a number of notable students, including Joseph Daussoigne-Méhul, Friedrich Kalkbrenner, Ferdinand Hérold, and Henry Lemoine. See: List of music students by teacher: A to B#Louis Adam.

In addition to being a skilled pianist, he composed a number of piano pieces that were in vogue at the time, especially some variations on Le bon roi Dagobert. He also wrote two standard instruction books for piano: Mithode ou principe générale du doigté pour le Forté-piano (1798) and Méthode nouvelle pour le Piano (1802). In 1804 he published an influential work: Méthode de piano du Conservatoire, which contributed to the advancement of piano technique in Paris.


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