Chrétien Urhan

URHAN (Auerhahn), Chrétien. b. Montjoie, near Aix-la Chapelle (now Aachen, Germany), 16 February 1790; d. Belleville, Paris, 2 November 1845. He came from a musical family, and was taught by his father: he became an accomplished violin, viola, and piano player. In 1805 the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, ordered him to Paris, where he became a specialist in the violon-alto, a violin with a C string added. Berlioz requested him for the viola solo in the first performance of Harold en Italie (composed 1834) and Meyerbeer wrote a viola d’amore solo for him to play in Act I of his opera Les Huguenots (1836). He became a member of the orchestra of the Royal Chapel (1807-15), and...

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