César Franck Biography

Songwriter, Educator (1822–1890)
Organist and composer César Franck taught at the Paris Conservatory. His peers did not initially respect his work, but students thrived in his classes.


César Franck was born on December 10, 1822, in Liège, Netherlands. He entered the Liège conservatory at age 8 and later attended the Paris Conservatory. He left early to perform with his brother, which was ultimately a setback for his career. He became an organ professor at the Paris Conservatory in 1872. His compositions, such as Symphony in D Minor, are noted for their melodic flights. He died in 1890.

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