So, after the preceding “general post” I thought I could now and then revert to more details about some of the Montmartre Cemetery tombs. Let’s start with “classical music”.
I can hardly make any complete articles about these different musicians here, so I will (try to) make it short and ask you to go for further information on Wikipedia or elsewhere.
Let’s start with Hector Berlioz (1803-69) (see Wikipedia), composer and conductor, who liked huge orchestral forces. Among his most famous works: Symphonie Fantastique (when it was performed in Paris for the first time, Chopin, Liszt, Paganini, Alexandre Dumas père, Heinrich Heine, Victor Hugo, George Sand… were in the audiance), "Requiem", "Roméo et Juliette", "Benvenuto Cellini", "La damnation de Faust"…
We know that also Berlioz has walked around the cemetery, visiting the tomb of Amélie, a young woman he loved.
We can listen to the "Hungarian March" (from "La damnation de Faust").
Let’s continue with Victor Massé (1822-84) (see Wikipedia). He was quite successful “then”, his opera "Les Noces de Jeanette" was played at least a thousand times, but he's a bit forgotten.
His tomb has been decorated by Charles Garnier (see top photo), architect of the Opera Garnier (see previous post), the Casino, Opera and the Grand Hotel de Paris at Monaco….
We can listen to en extract of le "Noces de Jeanette".
The name of Fernando Sor (1778-1839) (see Wikipedia) tells something especially for those of us who have tried the classical guitar; his Method for the Spanish Guitar was published in 1832 and is still very much in use. He gave guitar concerts all over Europe and also composed. He spent much time in Paris, especially his last years, as a guitar teacher.
It’s not quite confirmed, but it seems that he among many other works and adaptations also has composed the "Jeux Interdits" ("Romance").
Jacques Offenbach (1819-80) (see Wikipedia) moved to Paris when he was fourteen. He started as a cello virtuose and played with Anton Rubinstein, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn… He wrote the music to some 100 operettas – "Orpheus in the Underworld", "La Belle Hélène", "La Vie Parisienne", "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein"… Also Offenbach’s tomb is decorated by Charles Garnier (see top photo).
So a little bit of Can Can music.
Among the more famous composers, we can also find the tomb of Léo Delibes (1836-91) (see Wikipedia). He influenced a lot of later composers like Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Debussy…
He’s of course famous for ballet music like "Coppelia" and "Sylvia" (with the "Pizzicato"), but also for his opera "Lakmé" with the famous "Bell Song" and the "Flower Duet".
Here you can listen to the "Pizzicato"…
… to the "Flower Duet"…
… and I suggest that you use this link to listen to the "Bell Song".
If you would like to make a real visit, I thought it may be of help to have this little map. (I had to make one, as they did not any more have one available at the cemetery entrance.)
I have "stolen" some photos from different sources (mainly Wikipedia), but if there is a copyright problem I will immediately withdraw.