Marie Gabriel Augustin Savard

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Marie Gabriel Augustin Savard (21 August 1814 – 7 June 1881) was a French composer and teacher.

Savard was a teacher at the Paris Conservatory in tonic solfa, harmony and figured bass. Among his pupils were Jules Massenet, Cécile Chaminade, Eduard Reuss, and Edward MacDowell. See: List of music students by teacher: R to S#Marie Gabriel Augustin Savard. Massenet describes him fondly in his memoires.[1] His works include the following:

  • Kyrie (1860) (Niedermeyer)
  • Messe solennelle (1865)

He also published books on music theory and a compilation of plainsong chants.[2] These include:

  • Cours complet d'Harmonie théorique et pratique (1853) and
  • Principes de la musique et méthode de transposition (1865), Librairie Hachette et cie., Paris [3]

The latter work was approved by L'Académie des beaux-arts of the Institut de France under such notables as Daniel Auber, Ambroise Thomas, Hector Berlioz and Fromental Halévy.[3]

He was the father of Marie Emmanuel Augustin Savard.


  1. ^ Morris Foundation
  2. ^ Charles Bergmans (2008) La Musique Et Les Musiciens, BiblioBazaar, LLC.
  3. ^ a b digitized by Google Books (Harvard University Library)

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