Adolphe Adam (1803-1856)

As a prolific composer and undisputed representative of the École française d’opéra comique, Adolphe-Charles Adam (1803–1856) was the author of a substantial number of articles acting that act as a precious indicator of the musical life when European’s specialised press was slowly building up.   We are familiar with the collection of gathered and posthumously published articles by his widow (Chérie Couraud) in Souvenirs d’un musicien (1857) and Derniers souvenirs d’un musicien (1859). Their numerous reprints (until 1884) testify of the interest they raised. Nonetheless, other non-public writings were indirectly linked to press such as letters from Adam that also were posthumously published in La Revue de Paris (August-October 1903) and later reprinted by J.-M Fauquet (Lettres sur la musique française) in 1996. These letters from Adam were destined to his friend S. H. Spiker in Berlin, a writer for the Spernersche Zeitung, and they contributed as much to the French cultural influence as to his popularity on the other side of the Rhine.

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