- Paul Vidal
He studied at the conservatoires in
Toulouseand in Paris with Jules Massenet. He won the Prix de Romein 1883, one year before Claude Debussydid. On 8 January, 1886, in Rome, Vidal and Debussy performed Franz Liszt's " Faust Symphony" at two pianos for Liszt himself, an after-dinner performance that Liszt apparently slept through. The following day they played Chabrier's two-piano "Valses romantiques" for Liszt. Vidal conducted at the Paris Opera and the Opéra-Comiqueand taught at the Paris Conservatoire; his pupils included Jacques Ibert. His compositions, including the operas "Eros" (1892), "Guernica" (1895) and "La Burgonde" (1898), are virtually forgotten today.
He is perhaps better known today through his keyboard harmony exercises, "Basses et Chantes Données" which was a favorite teaching tool of his pupil, the legendary pedagogue
Nadia Boulanger, and subsequently many of her students including Narcis Bonetwho has republished a selection of these exercises under the title "Paul Vidal, Nadia Boulanger: A Collection of Given Basses and Melodies".
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