Louis Niedermeyer

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Louis Niedermeyer

Abraham Louis Niedermeyer (born April 27, 1802 in Nyon , Switzerland , † March 14, 1861 in Paris ) was a French composer and writer of church music .


Brought to music by his father, Niedermeyer studied piano with Ignaz Moscheles and composition with Emanuel Aloys Förster in Vienna . Further teachers were Vincenzo Fioravanti in Rome in 1819 and Nicola Antonio Zingarelli in Naples . During his stay in Rome he met Gioachino Rossini who supported him in the production of some of his operas. In 1820 Niedermeyer's first opera Il reo per amore was premiered with some success in Naples.

He spent the next three years as a music teacher in Geneva , in 1823 he went to Paris like Rossini, where he wrote four more operas over the next few years, but their success was very limited. Therefore he devoted himself more to church music.

In October 1853 he reorganized the music school founded by Alexandre-Étienne Choron and renamed it L'École Niedermeyer . His students included Gabriel Fauré , André Messager and Camille Saint-Saëns .

He died in Paris in 1861. His school still exists today and many of his hymns are still played.

Rossini set a monument to his friend Niedermeyer by quoting the Et incarnatus est from his Mass solennelle (premiered at the Cäcilienfest 1849) true to note in the Christe eleison of his Petite Mass solennelle from 1863.


  • 1820: Il reo per amore (opera)
  • 1828: La casa nel bosco (opera, first performance in Paris on May 28, 1828)
  • 1837: Stradella (opera, first performance in Paris on March 3, 1837)
  • 1844: Marie Stuart (opera, first performance in Paris on December 6, 1844)
  • 1846: Robert Bruce (opera pasticcio with music by Gioachino Rossini , first performance in Paris on December 30, 1846)
  • 1853: La Fronde (opera, first performance in Paris on May 2, 1853)


  • Alfred Baumgartner: Propylaea World of Music - The Composers - A lexicon in five volumes . tape 4 . Propylaen Verlag, Berlin 1989, ISBN 3-549-07830-7 , pp. 169-170 .

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Patricia B. Brauner, Philipp Gosset: Foreword. In: Gioachino Rossini: Petite Messe solennelle. Score based on the original text (BA 10501). Bärenreiter, Kassel 2010, p. VIII.