Laparra, Raoul (1876 - 1943)
Raoul Laparra, born on May 13th 1876 in Bordeaux, and died during the bombardment on Boulogne-Billancourt April 4th, 1943, is a French composer.
Raoul Laparra gives his first concert at the age of 9. He entered the Conservatoire de Paris and became a pupil of Albert Lavignac, Andre Gedalge and Jules Massenet. He obtained the Grand Prix of Rome in 1903 with the cantata Ulysses. He wrote a Quartet of Bows, a Sonata in A Minor for Violin and Piano, melodies on popular Spanish themes, a suite of 72 melodies in 6 volumes entitled "Le Missel Chantant, Suite of Melodies on Old French Poems" Of suites like Basque Sunday (1907), On the margin of Don Quixote.
In 1899 he gave his opera Peau d'ane in Bordeaux, then La Habanera, a lyrical drama in three acts, represented at the Opera-comique February 26th, 1908, Which ensures its notoriety. He completes the first part of his triptych by the Jota (April 26th, 1911) and the Malagueña .
The Player of Viole will be created at the Opera-comique the December 24th, 1925, The Illustrious Fregona will appear on a rotating stage at the Opera, the February 16th, 1931, Which made the pursuit, in the final, an episode of an unforgettable gaiety.
He remains one of the masters of French Hispanism without being locked up in this specialty.
He is the brother of the painter William Laparra. He is buried in Chezy-sur-Marne.