Hippolyte André Jean Baptiste Chélard

Hippolyte André Jean Baptiste Chélard (February 1, 1789February 12 1861) was a French composer, violist, and conductor of the Classical era.

He was born in Paris and studied composition with Gosset and viola with Kreutzer. He won the 1811 Prix de Rome for his cantata Ariane.

He earned his living for much of his career as a violist at the Paris Opera. His 1827 opera Macbeth was a flop in Paris, but a great success in Munich. From that time on, he composed for the German market, his most popular work being Die Hunnenschlacht which premiered in Munich in 1835.

He died in Weimar, where he established himself as theater-conductor and in the 1840s he had met, and signed a contract dividing conducting duties with, the newly-arrived Franz Liszt.


  • Walker, Alan. Franz Liszt. v. 2. The Weimar years, 1848-1861. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. 1989, 1993. ISBN 0-8014-9721-3. Many references to Chélard.

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