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André Messager

André Messager portrait

French composer André Messager (1853-1929), a pupil of Fauré and Saint-Saëns, is known mainly for his theatrical works, including the operetta Véronique and the ballet Les deux pigeons, but he was also, in his day, a reputed conductor, orchestrator, critic and administrator. He directed the premiere of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande in 1902, and served as an artistic director at Covent Garden, London, between 1901 and 1907.

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