Grovlez, Gabriel

Period: Early 20th Century

Born: Friday, April 4, 1879 in Lille, France

Died: Friday, October 20, 1944 in Paris, France

Nation of Origin: France

Major Works:
Stage Works:
Le Marquis de Carabas (opera bouffe 1936)
Psyché (opera 1922)
Coeur de rubis (opera 1922)
Maïmouna (ballet 1921)
Le Vrai Arbre de Robinson (ballet 1921)

Symphonic Works:
Dans le jardin
Madrigal lyrique
La Vengeance des fleurs
Le Reposoir des amants

Chamber Works:
London Voluntaries
Sonata for Cello and Pianoforte

More than 50 songs

Other Information:
Grovlez was a conductor and composer. He was also a music critic for various newspapers and periodicals. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Lavignac, Gédalge, and Fauré. For ten years he taught piano at the Paris Schola Cantorum. The Opéra Comique hired him on as director of singing in 1905. His conducting career also took him to other venues in Paris in addition to Lisbon, Chicago, and other locations.

From 1914 to 1933 he conducted at the Paris Opéra. For the next four years he worked in Monte Carlo then returned to Paris to teach chamber music at the Conservatoire in 1939.

All evidence indicates Grovlez was a well-trained and very fine musician who contributed much to the musical life. He helped to edit the works of Rameau and arranged Ravel's L'Heure espagnole for small orchestra. His compositions, however, have never gained much renown.

General Bibliography:
Slonimsky, Nicolas, Music Since 1900, Schirmer Books, July 1994, ISBN: 0028724186

Salzman, Eric, Twentieth Century Music: An Introduction, Pearson, October 2001, ISBN: 0130959413

Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257

Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679

Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109

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