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Lucien Denis Gabriel Albéric Magnard (born in Paris, June 9, 1865, died in Baron, Oise, September 3, 1914) was a French composer, sometimes referred to as the "French Bruckner."

The son of François Magnard, bestselling author and editor of Le Figaro, Albéric could have chosen to live the comfortable life his family's wealth afforded him. But he disliked being called "fils du Figaro," and decided to have a career in music…

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  • I got a recording of his string quartet, and it’s dense and kind of heavy going, but very impressive. I will need a few hearings to fully assimilate it.
  • I love his quintet for piano and winds. I'm so glad I discovered him. He writes such beautiful music.
  • I agree that there are many noteworthy (no pun) French composers, but for me Magnard is a standout. His music just reaches me on some level.
  • Superb symphonies, of course. The French had so many amazing composers active between 1870 and 1950 that it is truly scary.

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