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Born in Quimper, he studied under Antoine François Marmontel (pianoforte), Lefébure-Wély (composition) and François Bazin (harmony). He started teaching piano in Paris in 1863 and achieved acclaim as a piano pedagogue.
A very precocious boy, he was appointed organist in his native town at the age of 10 and held this post until he entered the Paris Conservatory in 1860. He graduated in 1864 as winner of many prizes.
The same year he was appointed teacher of pianoforte at the Conservatory. He never left Paris since his admission to the Conservatory. From 1875 to 1905 he was a member of the committee on admission and of the jury of examinations. In 1881 he became an "Officier de l'Académie". He died in Paris.
- Tarentelle, Op. 20
- Boléro, Op. 27
- Études élégantes, Op. 30
- Valse espagnole, Op. 40
- Scènes enfantines, Op. 61
- Études de Mlle. Didi, Op. 85
- Souvenir d'Alsace, Op. 106
- Polonaise de concert
- Méthode de Piano, Op. 269, for piano 4-hands
- Cooke, James Francis (1910). Standard History of Music, p. 212. Theodore Presser Company.
- Theodore Lack: "How Piano is Studied in France", The Etude vol. 31 no. 2 (Feb 1913).
- Baker's Biographical dictionary of musicians 3rd edition 1919. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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