Louis Gregh

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Louis Charles Félix François Gregh (16 March 1843 – 21 January 1915) was a French composer and music publisher.[1]

Gregh was born in Philippeville, now Skikda, Algeria. His family was of Maltese origin. As a composer, he wrote operettas, ballets, numerous popular songs, and over 150 works for piano for two, four, and six hands. He died in Sainte Mesme, Seine-et-Oise, now Yvelines, aged 71.

His son Fernand Gregh (1873–1960) was a philosopher, literary critic and poet, member of the Académie française.

Publishing business[edit]

Gregh registered as a music publisher with SACEM in February 1873 after having bought the catalogue of the Parisian publisher Claude Heu.[2] He grew by acquiring, by auction, parts of the dissolved publishers Léon Escudier (1882), Egrot (1884), and Jochem (1899). He was also the French representative of the publishers Litolff and Universal Edition. His business was quite successful, and he only gave up in old age in 1907, when he sold it to Rouart, which in turn was taken over by Salabert in 1953.

Selected compositions[edit]

  • op. 1: Danse Slave
  • op. 2: En Poste - grand galop di bravura
  • op. 3: Chanson Béarnaise
  • op. 4: Le Chant du Séraphin
  • op. 5: Les Bergers-Watteau
  • op. 6: 1ère Mazurka de salon
  • op. 7: Grand March Solennelle
  • op. 8: Les Joyeux Papillons
  • op. 9: Elégie Etude
  • op. 10: Elégie Pastorale
  • op. 11: Les Farfadets - scherzo galop
  • op. 12: Pastorale Louis XV
  • op. 13: Le Retour des Moissonneurs
  • op. 14: Perles et Fleurs - 2eme mazurka brillante du salon
  • op. 15: L'Immensité - suite de valses
  • op. 16: Rêverie
  • op. 17: Le Chant du Souvenir
  • op. 18: L'Oiseau Moqueur
  • op. 19: Les Phalènes
  • op. 20: La Mandoline
  • op. 21: Au Petit Trot
  • op. 22: Transcription of Aida Grand March (Verdi)
  • op. 23: Bergerette - pastorale Florian
  • op. 24: Grande Valse Romantique
  • op. 25: Les Noces d'Or
  • op. 26: La Gaditana
  • op. 27: Promenade Matinale
  • op. 28: Matinée de Mai - caprice
  • op. 29: Parais à ta fenêtre! - serenade : transcription pour piano
  • op. 30: Coquetterie - air de ballet
  • op. 35: Valse de Salon No.4
  • op. 42: Je pense à vous - valse
  • op. 53: Repose
  • op. 67: Fête printanière
  • op. 96: Avant-printemps
  • op. 98: Nuits algériennes
  • op. 108 : Voyages en rêve
  • L'Immensité (waltz with French lyrics by Jules Ruelle, Italian translation by Cesare da Prato, 1880)
  • Arlette (ballet)
  • Connaissez-vous mon amie? (song with lyrics by Villemer and Delormel, 1877)
  • Dora (polka brillante for piano, 1877)
  • En troïka! (Russian mazurka song with lyrics by G. de Loyat and A. Queyriaux, 1878)
  • Études de mécanisme et d'expression (for piano, 1877)
  • Fatma ("réponse à la Ballade arabe" with lyrics by Henry Drucker, 1878)
  • Grande marche solennelle (for piano, 1876)
  • Je n'ai rien osé lui dire! ("récit-naïveté" poetry by A. Queyriaux, 1876)
  • La Cage du pinson (song with lyrics by Villemer and Delormel, 1876)
  • La Leçon de charité (song with lyrics by Capet and Carel, 1876)
  • La Plainte de l'exilé (song with lyrics by Villemer and Delormel, 1876)
  • Le Bon pasteur (song with lyrics by L. Capet, 1876)
  • Le Capitaine Roland (operetta, 1895)
  • Le Chant du Séraphin (impromptu for piano, 1875)
  • Le Pays du bon vin (Toast à la France) (song with choir ad-libitum, lyrics by L. Labarre and A. Queyriaux, 1877)
  • Le Présomptif (opera bouffe, 1884)
  • Les Joyeux papillons (capriccio for piano, 1877)
  • Les Roses mortes (song with lyrics by Villemer and Delormel, 1876)
  • L'Etoile de la France (patriotic song with lyrics by L. Raimon and J. Dorsay, 1878)
  • Lettre d'une pensionnaire (found by Villemer and Delormel, 1876)
  • Minuit à Venise (barcarola with lyrics by A. Queyriaux, 1876)
  • Parais à ta fenêtre (serenade)
  • Pastorale Louis XV (piano piece, 1878)
  • Retour des moissonneurs (village sketch for piano, 1878)
  • Un Lycée de jeunes filles (operetta, 1881)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deborah Mawer, Historical Interplay in French Music and Culture, 1860–1960 (London: Routledge, 2017).
  2. ^ Anik Devriès & François Lesure: Dictionnaire des éditeurs de musique français, vol. 2: De 1820 à 1914 (Geneva: Minkoff, 1988), p. 199.