(1760 - 1842).  He had great influence on French musical life as director of the Paris Conservatoire from 1822-42. 

As an Italian composer of mostly operas, he was an important transitional figure between the Classical and Romantic periods.  While his operas are now rarely performed, his Requiem in C minor endures as a choral masterpiece.
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steven - 22 Sep 2009