Price: $450.00

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Autographed and inscribed complete first edition full score of the composer’s Messe en Sol a deux voix & orgue. (Mass in G for two voices and organ).


MESSE EN SOL/A DEUX VOICE/THÉODORE DUBOIS/PÉRÉGALLY & PARVY Fils, Éditeurs, 80, Rue Bonaparte, Paris, Copyright by Pérégally et Parvy fils 1898.

Contents: 20 pages, with decorative advertising detached wrapper printed on first page.


François Clément Théodore Dubois (1837-1924) was born in Rosnay in central France. Doibois announced to his parents that he wanted to become an organist at the age of ten and began study with Dissiry, the local organist in a small town near Rosnay.  His Father was a basket weaver and his Grandfather was the secretary to the Mayor of Rosnay, the Vicomte de Breuil, sponsored the young Dubois.   He attended the Paris Conservatoire and while there was the organist of the Chapel of the Invalides (1855-1858).  He commenced studies at the Paris Conservatoire in 1854 with funding from the Vicomte.  His teachers were, pianoforte, Antoine Marmontel, organ with François Benoist, harmony with François Bazin and composition with the Director of the Conservatoire, Ambroise Thomas.  Thomas took the young composer under his wing and in 1856, he won a first in harmony, 1857 a first in counterpoint and fugue, 1859 in organ and in 1861, the grand prize of them all, the Prix de Rome.  He went to Rome in 1861 and stayed at the Villa Medici for two years, becoming the Maître de Chapelle at St. Clotilde in Paris in 1863, where Cesar Franck was the titular organist. In 1867 he premiered his most important religious work on Good Friday, “Le Sept Paroles du Christ”, which is still well performed in France today.  Dubois remained there until 1869, he was appointed Maître de Chapelle at La Madeleine where Camille Saint-Saëns as the titular organist.  When Saint-Saëns left in 1877, he was appointed titular organist there.  When Antoine Elwart retired from the Conservatoire in 1871, Dubois took his place as Professor of Harmony. He also was a founding member of the Societe Nationale de Musique when it was founded this same year.  When Leo Delibes passed away suddenly in 1878, Dubois was his successor at the Conservatoire as Professor of Composition.  Also this same year, he shared the Concours Musicale prize in Paris with Benjamin Godard and his “Paradis Perdu” received its’ premiere at the expense of the City.  The prolific composer and veteran of the Franco-Prussian war, he was decorated by France with the Legion d’honneur in 1883.  When Gounod’s place at the Institut in 1894, he was elected to take his place.  Dubois’s mentor Ambroise Thomas passed away in 1896 and Dubois was appointed Director of the Conservatoire.  He remained until 1905, when he was forced to resign for political reasons. 

Dubois composed a large body of work, for the most part religious music, including oratorios, cantatas, masses, requiem masses, motets, odes, anthems and solo music for organ in the church.  On the secular side, he wrote organ works, works for organ and orchestra, chamber groups and solo instruments.  His Marche Triomphale for organ and orchestra was commissioned by Clarence Eddy for the opening of the Chicago Auditorium in 1889.  Dubois also wrote three symphonies, his operas were mostly opera comiques, but several seria as well, "La Prova di un Opera Seria", (written while in Rome during his final Prix de Rome year, 1963) "La Fiancee d'Abydos", "Le Florentin", "La Guzla de I'Emir", "Le Pain Bis", "La Farandole", "Aben-Hamet", "Xaviere", "Circe” and the ballet, "La Farandole”.  He also composed works for orchestra, overtures, marches, incidental music, tone poems and suites. For solo instruments there was a violin concerto, a piano concerto, solo works for piano, organ and a variety of configurations in chamber music. Dubois also wrote chanson which were typically published in volumes. A truly prolific composer, much of which is available on YouTube.

Score in fine state!





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