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Lalo, (Victor Antoine) Edouard

French composer. His Spanish ancestry and violin training are evident in the Symphonie espagnole (1873) for violin and orchestra, and Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1877). He also wrote an opera, Le Roi d'Ys/The King of Ys (1887). He first studied violin and cello at the Lille Conservatory and then violin in Paris, taking composition lessons privately at the same time. In 1855 he became viola player in the Armingaud-Jacquard quartet. He wrote little until 1865, the year of his marriage to Mlle Bernier de Maligny, who sang his songs in public. Gradually his success grew both in the opera house and the concert room. His most popular works during his lifetime were the opera Le Roi d'Ys and the ballet Namouna (1882). He is best known today for the five-movement Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra, and the cello conce...    Continue Reading
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