André Grétry (1741 - 1813)
André Ernest Modeste Grétry (February 8, 1741 ? September 24, 1813) was a Belgian composer, who worked from 1767 onwards in France.
He was born at Liège, his father being a poor musician. He was a choir-boy at the church of Saint-Denis. In 1753 he became a pupil of Leclerc and later of the organist at St-Pierre de Liège, Nicolas Rennekin, for keyboard and composition and of Henri Moreau, music master at the collegiate church of St_Paul. But of greater importance was the practical tuition he received by attending the performance of an Italian opera company. Here he heard the operas of Galupp ... (Read all)