Auric, Georges

BORN 15 Feb 1899, Lodève, Hérault - DIED 23 Jul 1983, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière du Montparnasse, 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet (division 02)

George Auric performed a piano recital at the Société musicale indépendante when he was only twelve years old. The next year the Société Nationale de Musique performed some of the songs he had written. he studied music at the Conservatory in Paris and compsition under Vincent d'Indy and Albert Roussel. After that Eric Satie took him under his wings. He was influenced by Cocteau and the other composers of the group Les Six of which he was a member.

In 1921 he contributed music to Cocteau's ballet "Les Mariés de la tour Eiffel". In 1927 he wrote his one-act opera "Sous le Masque". In 1930 he married the painter Eleanore Vilter (d.1982).

In the 1930s he started writing film music and his music for "À nous la liberté" (1931) was well received. He composed music for a lot of movies and collaborated eleven times with Cocteau. He stopped writing film scores when he was appointed director of the Opéra National de Paris in 1962, but he continued composing music until his death in 1983.


The grave of Georges Auric at the Cimetière Montparnasse, Paris.
Picture by Androom (18 Feb 2016)


• Vergeest, Michiel (ed.), Klassieke muziek agenda 1992, 1992
Georges Auric - Wikipedia

Austen, Cassandra Elizabeth

Published: 21 Mar 2020
Last update: 19 Apr 2022