Adolphe Charles Adam (1803 - 1856)
Adolphe Charles Adam (July 24, 1803 ? May 3, 1856) was a French composer and music critic. He is best known today for his ballets Giselle (1844) and Le Corsaire (1856, his last work), his opera Les Toréadors]] (AKA Le toréador ou L'accord parfait) (1849), and his Christmas carol O Holy Night (1847).
Adam was born in Paris where his father Louis Adam (1758-1848) (born Johann Ludwig Adam in Muttersholtz, Alsace), a pianist and composer was professor at the Paris Conservatoire. His mother was the daughter of a physician. As a child, Adolphe Adam preferred to improvise music of his own rather t ... (Read all)