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Born: April 27, 1802; Nyon, Switzerland   Died: March 14, 1861; Paris, France  
A failed opera composer, Louis Niedermeyer ultimately became a modestly successful composer of vocal music and influential music educator, along the way bringing the French art song into the Romantic era and setting the stage for the first generation of great mélodie composers. At the same time, he strongly advocated the study and emulation of traditional church music, from Gregorian chant through Renaissance polyphony.

Niedermeyer was
Read more born in Switzerland, but spent little of his life there. When he was 15 he went to Vienna to study piano with Ignaz Moscheles and composition with E.A. Förster. Two years later, in 1819, he was off to Italy for study with minor figures in Rome and Naples; in Italy he became enamored of Renaissance choral writing, at the same time coming under the personal influence of Rossini. Through the latter's connections, Niedermeyer's first opera, Il reo per amore, was produced there in 1820, and it would be one of his few relative successes on the stage. The next three years found him teaching piano and writing songs in Geneva; in 1823 he moved to Paris, where he remained for the rest of his life except for an 1834-1836 stint teaching piano in Brussels.

Rossini, too, had settled in Paris, and again he used his influence to have Niedermeyer's latest operas produced. They all failed, however; ultimately, Niedermeyer found it wise to turn his attention to sacred music and art songs. In 1853 he took over a languishing school of church music and renamed it after himself. He turned it into a general music conservatory with a strong emphasis on the study of plainchant. Gabriel Fauré was one of its early pupils, and it was there that he developed his interest in modal harmony.

Niedermeyer published treatises and periodicals on early church music, but he did not withdraw entirely into musicology and education. He continued to compose, helping to foster a distinctly French style of art song that in another generation would develop into the fluid mélodie as mastered by the likes of Duparc and Fauré. Interestingly, some of this art song writing found its way into Niedermeyer's sacred music, though in a manner that seemed more akin to that of the Italian Renaissance. Vocal polyphony also remained a keen interest of his to the end. Read less
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    Ave Maria / Vittorio  Grigolo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 378637 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Maria Catena,  Campetti,,  César Franck,  Gaetano Capocci  ... 
    Performer:  Vittorio Grigolo,  Jackie Evancho
    Conductor:  Fabio Cerrone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sistine Chapel Choir,  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
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    Ave Maria / Vittorio Grigolo [Deluxe Version]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 545683 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Maria Catena,  Campetti,,  César Franck,  Gaetano Capocci  ... 
    Performer:  Vittorio Grigolo,  Jackie Evancho
    Conductor:  Fabio Cerrone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sistine Chapel Choir,  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
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    24 Italian Songs And Arias
    Label: Chai-lun Yueh Singing Studio   Catalog: 5637991945 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bononcini,  Giulio Caccini,  Antonio Caldara,  Alphons Diepenbrock  ... 
    Performer:  Qi Liu,  Chai-lun Yueh
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    Arie Antiche / Alfredo Kraus, Jose Tordesillas
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5102 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Tommaso Giordani,  Vincenzo Ciampi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Jose Tordesillas
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    Caruso In Song
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61640 Release Date: 12/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Fermin Maria Alvarez,  Traditional,  George M. Cohan  ... 
    Performer:  Enrico Caruso,  Francis Lapitino,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Walter Rogers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Beniamino Gigli - Caro Mio Ben
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10360 Release Date: 11/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Niedermeyer,  Giulio Caccini,  Christoph W. Gluck,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli
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    Arie Antiche / Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456543 Release Date: 06/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Caldara,  Pietro Antonio Cesti  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Kenneth Sillito,  Malcolm Latchem,  Elizabeth Kenny
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Beniamino Gigli - Ancient Arias & Sacred Songs
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 370 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Caldara,  Francesco Durante,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Herbert Dawson
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Zamboni,  Vito Carnevali
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    The Three Tenors At Christmas / Carreras, Pavarotti, Domingo
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001170002 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  John Francis Wade,  Georges Bizet,  Alessandro Stradella  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Michael G. Gormley,  José Carreras,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Marcello Viotti,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices  ... 
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    Christmas At Notre-Dame de Montreal / Pavarotti
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 59113 Release Date: 05/30/2007  
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  John Francis Wade,  César Franck,  Pietro Yon  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti
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    Solos For The Horn Player / Gregory Miller, Ernest Barretta
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1147 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Louis Niedermeyer,  Arthur R. Frackenpohl,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Barretta,  Gregory Miller
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    Label: Laserlight   Catalog: 32633 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Niedermeyer,  Franz Schubert,  Pietro Yon,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti
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    O Holy Night [Special Edition] / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000530102 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Franz Schubert,  Guida  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti
    Conductor:  István Kertész,  Leone Magiera,  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Piccolo Coro dell'Antoniano  ... 
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    The Russian Legacy - Zara Dolukhanova
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2281/84 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Alexander Dargomizhsky,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Zara Dolukhanova,  Berta Kozel,  Nadezhda Kazantseva,  Anton Ossipovich Bernard  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonid Piatigorsky,  Samuel Samosud,  Alexander Kovalev,  Rudolf Barshai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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    Arie Antiche - Scarlatti, Caccini, Et Al / Margiono Quintet
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 75138 Release Date: 10/05/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Ciampi,  Giacomo Carissimi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margiono Quintet
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    Hear My Prayer / Keene, Hong, Voices Of Ascension
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3300 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edgar Bainton,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Louis Niedermeyer,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Hong Hei-Kyung
    Conductor:  Dennis Keene
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voices of Ascension
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    Sacred Arias (Cd & Dvd Special Edition) / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000127500 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Eric Levi,  Georges Bizet,  Jean-Paul Lécot  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Coro di Voci Bianche dell'Arcum,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
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    Arie Antiche - Scarlatti, Caccini, Et Al / Margiono Quintet
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72100 Release Date: 02/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Ciampi,  Giacomo Carissimi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Margiono Quintet
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    Ave Maria In Mary's Basilica In Krakow / Towarnicka, Et Al
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 196 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Adolf von Doss,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Marek Stefanski,  Elzbieta Towarnicka,  Jacek Ozimkowski
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    The Pavarotti Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470000 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Caldara,  Vincenzo Ciampi,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Montserrat Caballé,  Jane Shaulis,  John Wustman  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész,  Piero Gamba,  Nicola Rescigno,  Peter Maag  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 21.
    Mysterium - Sacred Arias / Gheorghiu, Marin, London Po
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466102 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Adolphe Adam,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Madrigal Chamber Choir Romania
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    Sacred Songs From East & West / Sister Marie Keyrouz, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 45389 Release Date: 09/04/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Luigi Gordigiani,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Sister Marie Keyrouz
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  • 23.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Nazzareno De Angelis Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89507 Release Date: 12/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz Schubert,  Ambroise Thomas,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Nazzareno de Angelis
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    Sacred Arias - Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462600 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  John Francis Wade,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Vincenzo La Scola In Concerto Al Teatro Comunale Di Bologna
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2520 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Salvatore Cardillo,  Pablo Sorozabal,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Vincenzo La Scola,  Paola Molinari
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