Emmanual Chabrier (1841 - 1894) was born in Ambert,
Puy-de-Dôme, France, a composer whose best works
reflect the verve and wit of the Paris scene of the
1880s and who was a musical counterpart of the early
Chabrier was attracted in his youth to both music and
painting. He studied law in Paris from 1858 to 1862.
During these years he also studied the piano and
harmony and counterpoint. His technical training was,
however, limited, and in the art of composition he was
self-taught. From 1862 to 1880 he was employed at t he
Ministry of the Interior, producing during this period
the operas L'Étoile (1877 "The Star") and Une Éducation
manquée ("A Deficient Education"), first performed with
piano accompaniment in 1879 and with orchestra in 1913.
Two unfinished operettas were sketched out between 1863
and 1865 in cooperation with the poet Paul Verlaine. He
was closely associated with the Impressionist painters
and purchased the celebrated "Bar at the
Folies-Bergère" by his friend Édouard Manet..
Although originally written for Piano, I created this
arrangement of the "Feuillet d'album" (Albumleaf) for
String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).