Georges Fragerolle

Georges Fragerolle

  • Born
    11th March 1855
  • Died
    19th February 1920
  • Birthplace
    Paris, France
Georges Fragerolle was a French musician and composer. Fragerolle learned composition from Ernest Guiraud. He composed arrangements of work by contemporary poets such as Jean Richepin, and sang them to his own accompaniment. Fragerolle became the regular pianist at Le Chat Noir with Erik Satie. He composed most of the music and poetry of the shadow theater pieces, which he interpreted with a baritone voice. He was the maestro of Le Chat Noir and Hydropathes. On 6 January 1890 Fragerolle produced a Nativity play, La Marche à l'Étoile, with an impressive set of paintings by Henri Rivière. The reception given to this novel concept was cautious at first, but it ended up by being a success. The play was accompanied by two organs, an oboe, a cello and percussion. Fragerolle sang part of the narrative. Fragerolle set to music Si vous voulez Madame by Émile Goudeau. His works were published by Enoch et Cie, who produced the material for the shadow shows. He died in Asnières on 19 February 1920

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