Cherubini, Luigi

BORN 14 Sep 1760, Firenze, Toscana - DIED 15 Mar 1842, Paris
REAL NAME Cherubini, Maria Luigi Carlo Zenobio Salvatore
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 11, ligne 01, Y, 20)

Cherubini was educated by his father, who was a musician. At the age of thirteen he had written several religious compositions. He continued his musical studies in Bologna and Milan from 1778 until 1780. He started writing conventional Italian opera's. In 1788 he visited London and that same year he settled in Paris. There he started writing more original music and in 1791 he was succesful with "Lodoïska". In 1794 followed "Eliza" and in 1797 "Médée" followed. In 1800 "Les deux Journées" was another succes.

His succes in Paris faded and he left for Vienna, where his opera "Faniska" was praised by Haydn and Beethoven. After "Les abencérages" was little succesful in 1813 he turned his attention to church music. His "Requiem in C-minor" (1816) commemorated the death of Louis XVI and was a succes. In 1822 he was appointed director of the Conservatoire in Paris (In 1823 he refused the young Franz Liszt to attend the Conservatoire because he was a foreigner). In 1841 Ingres painted his portrait.

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• was teacher to Auber, Daniel François Esprit
• met Balfe, Michael William
• was teacher to Batton, Desiré-Alexandre
• was painted by Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique
• has a connection with Liszt, Franz

12/12/1823Luigi Cherubini refuses to admit Franz Liszt to the Conservatory in Paris. Cherubini declared that according to a new rule only French students were admitted to the piano class. [Liszt, Franz]


The grave of Maria Luigi Cherubini at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


Cenotaph for Luigi Cherubini at the Santa Croce, Florence.
Picture by Androom (07 Feb 2011)


• Adler, Josef, Handbuch der Grabstätten, 2. Band, Die Grabstätte der Europäer, Deutsches Kunstverlag, München, 1986
• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991
Luigi Cherubini - Wikipedia
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Cheyney, Peter

Published: 18 Nov 2007
Last update: 27 Oct 2018