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(1841-1894). French composer.

Chabrier trained for the legal profession, and then worked many years in government, with music being an avocation. Once his operetta "L'Etoile" was performed to great success in 1877, music increasingly became his focus. Two years later, Chabrier attended a performance of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde", and he then decided to devote himself fully to music. His "Pieces pittoresques" were premiered in 1881 and had an enormous impact, harkening back to the foundational keyboard works of Couperin and Rameau while simultaneously ushering in an era of 'modernism' in French music. Franck, Satie, Ravel, and Poulenc all greatly admired Chabrier's works.

Among Chabrier's most important compositions are his rhapsody for orchestra "Espana", the "Joyeuse Marche", his piano piece "Bourree fantasque", and his operas "Gwendoline" and (especially) "Le Roi malgre lui", which is his masterpiece.
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