Charles Dancla was born at Bagneres de Bigorres, December 19, 1818, and studied the violin under Baillot at the Paris Conservatory, where he ultimately became a professor of violin playing in 1857.
He was successful as a soloist, and his Quartet Soirees, in which he appeared, together with his brothers, Leopold, the violinist, and Arnaud, the violoncellist, were very popular in Paris.
He was very successful as a composer, and gained many prizes.
While his more ambitious pieces are not of a character which will make them long remembered, Dancla has written a number of short pieces for the violin which are exceedingly popular with violinists.
He had great skill in writing for his instrument pieces especially adapted for various grades of students.
Grove declared that “his Etudes are of considerable value to teachers, especially those bearing the title Accentuation et Ponctuation de l’archet.”
Probably the most popular of his works are the six Airs Variees, and the twelve opera fantasia, all of which are extremely skilfully written for the violin.
He died in 1907, and is usually regarded as the last living representative of the old French school of violin playing.
He published about 130 works in all.