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Adolphe Adam

1803 - 1856

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Adolphe Charles Adam (French: [adɔlf adɑ̃]; 24 July 1803 – 3 May 1856) was a French composer, teacher and music critic. A prolific composer for the theatre, he is best known today for his ballets Giselle (1841) and Le corsaire (1856), his operas Le postillon de Lonjumeau (1836) and Si j'étais roi (1852) and his Christmas carol "Minuit, chrétiens!" (Midnight, Christians, 1844, known in English as "O Holy Night"). Adam was the son of a well-known composer and pianist, but his father did not wish him to pursue a musical career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Adolphe Adam has received more than 416,718 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Adolphe Adam is the 110th most popular composer (down from 87th in 2019), the 459th most popular biography from France (down from 326th in 2019) and the 18th most popular French Composer.

Adolphe Adam is most famous for writing the music for the ballet "Giselle."

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Among composers, Adolphe Adam ranks 110 out of 1,216Before him are Muzio Clementi, Mikhail Glinka, Francis Poulenc, Francisco Tárrega, Mily Balakirev, and Heinrich Schütz. After him are Alma Mahler, Giulio Caccini, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Manuel de Falla, Max Bruch, and Zoltán Kodály.

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Among people born in 1803, Adolphe Adam ranks 6Before him are Hector Berlioz, Christian Doppler, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Justus von Liebig, and Prosper Mérimée. After him are Maria Anna of Savoy, Gottfried Semper, Fyodor Tyutchev, Albrecht von Roon, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, and Flora Tristan. Among people deceased in 1856, Adolphe Adam ranks 6Before him are Robert Schumann, Heinrich Heine, Amedeo Avogadro, Max Stirner, and Nikolai Lobachevsky. After him are Paul Delaroche, Ivan Paskevich, Ľudovít Štúr, Étienne Cabet, Florestan I, Prince of Monaco, and Manuela Sáenz.

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In France

Among people born in France, Adolphe Adam ranks 459 out of 6,011Before him are André Maurois (1885), Hippolyte Taine (1828), William Wyler (1902), Alexandre Cabanel (1823), Hector Malot (1830), and Robert Campin (1375). After him are Louis, Dauphin of France (1729), J. M. G. Le Clézio (1940), Roger Vadim (1928), François-Noël Babeuf (1760), Jean Dubuffet (1901), and Paul Bocuse (1926).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Adolphe Adam ranks 18Before him are Gabriel Fauré (1845), Olivier Messiaen (1908), François Couperin (1668), Léo Delibes (1836), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645), and Francis Poulenc (1899). After him are Arthur Honegger (1892), Pérotin (1160), Paul Dukas (1865), Maurice Jarre (1924), Pierre Boulez (1925), and Michel Legrand (1932).