Ernest Reyer (1823-1909)

Composer and music critic, Louis-Etienne-Ernest Rey alias Reyer (Marseille, 1er december 1823 – Le Levandou/Var, 15 january 1909) published over 750 articles in various publications over the second half of the nineteenth century. He studied music from the age of six at the Music School of Marseille, directed by Thomas-Gaspard-Fortuné Barsotti; then, around 1848, he completed his musical education with his aunt, Louise Farrenc, composer and piano teacher at the Paris Conservatory. In Paris, he met Joseph Méry, born like him in Marseille, who introduced him to Théophile Gautier and his literary and somewhat bohemian circle of friends. A very strong friendship developed between Reyer and Gautier. It is surmised that around that time he adopted and changed his name from Rey to Reyer.

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birth year1823
death year1909
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