GUSTAVE CHARPENTIER (1860 - 1956)
After Bohemian distractions in Paris, Gustave Charpentier eventually
became a composition pupil of Massenet at the Conservatoire, winning
the important Prix de Rome two years later. His chief activity
as a composer took place before 1914 and he is remembered principally
for his opera Louise.
Charpentier wrote four operas, the first of them, the roman musical (musical novel) Louise, with its seamstress heroine and her Bohemian lover Julien, rejected by her family. One aria from the opera, Depuis le jour, has remained a frequent recital item.