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 324,934 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Adolphe Adam is the 87th most popular composer (up from 91st in 2019), the 327th most popular biography from France (up from 349th in 2019) and the 14th 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 87 out of 1,228Before him are Luigi Boccherini, Jules Massenet, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Franz Lehár, Carl Czerny, and Leonard Bernstein. After him are François Couperin, Leoš Janáček, Olivier Messiaen, César Franck, Léo Delibes, and Jacopo Peri.

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Among people born in 1803, Adolphe Adam ranks 6Before him are Hector Berlioz, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Christian Doppler, Prosper Mérimée, and Justus von Liebig. After him are Maria Anna of Savoy, Gottfried Semper, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Albrecht von Roon, Fyodor Tyutchev, and Flora Tristan. Among people deceased in 1856, Adolphe Adam ranks 4Before him are Robert Schumann, Heinrich Heine, and Amedeo Avogadro. After him are Max Stirner, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Paul Delaroche, Ivan Paskevich, Ľudovít Štúr, Étienne Cabet, Manuela Sáenz, and 11th Dalai Lama.

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In France

Among people born in France, Adolphe Adam ranks 327 out of 5,234Before him are Robert Guiscard (1016), Charles Messier (1730), Chrétien de Troyes (1135), René Goscinny (1926), Marguerite de Navarre (1492), and Jean-Michel Jarre (1948). After him are Eugène François Vidocq (1775), François Couperin (1668), Jean Renoir (1894), Charles, Count of Valois (1270), Claude of France (1499), and Marquis de Condorcet (1743).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Adolphe Adam ranks 14Before him are Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683), Charles Gounod (1818), Josquin des Prez (1450), Gabriel Fauré (1845), Jules Massenet (1842), and Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645). After him are François Couperin (1668), Olivier Messiaen (1908), Léo Delibes (1836), Francis Poulenc (1899), Arthur Honegger (1892), and Pérotin (1160).