LOUIS BOURGAULT-DUCOUDRAY (1840 - 1910)
Louis Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray was born in Nantes. He was in the class of Ambroise Thomas at the Paris Conservatoire and won the Prix de Rome in 1862. He was among the first French composers to introduce to audiences the exotic, his works stimulated by an interest in folk music combined with an enthusiasm for Renaissance and Baroque composers. He also did much to bring music by Russian nationalist composers into French repertoire.