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Classical Composers A-Z: Luigi Cherubini

Peter Wintersgill presents a potted biography of Luigi Cherubini, who wrote a quantity of church music.

Born
14th September, 1760, in Florence

Adolescence
He wrote a quantity of church music before he was 16.

Adult Life
Visited London in 1774 producing two operas there, then settled in Paris in 1788. Visited Vienna where he met Beethoven, who was influenced by his operas. He was made Professor of Composition at Paris Conservatoire in 1816 and Director there in 1822.

He wrote thirty poems, also much church music, including a Requiem and many masses, also a symphony in D, six string quartets and a book, A Tale of Counterpoint and Fugue.

He died 15th March, 1842, in Paris aged 81.

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