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Edmond Dédé The Black Paganini

Today we talk about a talented musician from New Orleans who has been forgotten for a long time. Edmond Dédé was a virtuoso violinist, composer and conductor as well. Some french people used to call him Edmond Dédé The Black Paganini.

Edmond Dédé The Black Paganini

Born on November 20, 1827 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the young Dédé immediately showed a lot of interest in music.

His father was a merchant and music teacher and was the first to notice the prodigious potential of his son. First, he approached the clarinet but then the violin became his instrument.

Encouraged by his father, he continued to study violin with great masters such as Constantin Debergue and Italian-born Ludovico Gabici.

At the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848 because of economic problems, he went to Mexico to seek his fortune. In 1950 he returned to the United States and began to do various jobs including the cigar maker. His goal was to earn the money to pay for the trip to Europe.

In 1852 he finally made it to Europe and lived between Belgium and France. In 1857 he began to collaborate with the Paris conservatory. From that moment on his career as a musician began to flourish. He had the opportunity to work as an assistant conductor and conductor in the most prestigious Grand Théâtre.

He also made a name for himself as a composer. Samuel Snaer, Jr, an American conductor was the first to have his orchestra perform Dédé’s Quasimodo Symphony. Probably his most famous work together with the Mephisto Masque and Mon Pauvre Coeur.

Edmond Dédé, who by now was living permanently in Bordeaux, returned only once to New Orleans. Upon his arrival, the city dedicated many concerts to him to praise his fame and talent.

Those who have heard him play the violin have compared him to Paganini for his musical virtuosity.

Edmond Dédé The Black Paganini

Dédé died in 1903 in Paris and his music was largely forgotten for a long time. Fortunately, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France kept his manuscripts. Today the music of this incredible musician is regaining much popularity.

If you like string and violins we suggest to you this song. Those Who Care by Edgar Allan Poets

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