Andre Ernest Modeste Gretry

Andre Ernest Modeste Gretry was born in Leige, Belgium, February 8, 1741.

Having studied for several years in Rome, he went to Paris, where he wrote “Le Huron” and about fifty other operas. His further compositions include sonatas and church music. His influence on the development of French comic opera was far reaching. Gretry’s social and literary connections gave him an importance even beyond that due to his very successful career as a musician. At court he had many influential patrons, and distinguished appointments came to him. Napoleon made him a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and granted him a pension.

He died in Monmorency, near Paris, September 24, 1813.