Jacques-Gabriel Prod'homme (1871-1956)
was a French music critic and librarian. He translated Wagner's prose works (1907-25) and
musical dramas (1922-27) and Beethoven's conversation books (1946). His published works
Hector Berlioz 1803-1869 (1905),
La jeunesse de Beethoven, 1770-1800 (1921), and
Les sonatas pour piano de Beethoven, 1782-1823 (1937). The
collection consists of French, German, English, Mexican, and other newspaper and periodical
clippings, holograph notes, programs, books, and photographs relating to Ludwig van
Beethoven and concerts of his sonatas, collected by Prod'homme.
Prod'homme was born on November 28, 1871 in Paris, France; studied philology and music
history at the Paris École des Hautes Études Sociales (1890-94), then became a writer on
musical and other subjects in the socialist publications, among them La revue socialiste, Droits
de l'homme, and Messidor; co-founded the
French section of the International Music Society (IMS) in 1902, and served as its secretary
(1903-13); co-founded the French Musicological Society in 1917, serving as its secretary
(1917-20) and vice-president (1929-36); became curator of the library and archivist of the
museum at the Paris Opéra (1931-40); librarian at the Paris Conservatory (1934-40); became a
Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur (1928); with others, he translated Wagner's prose works
(1907-25) and musical dramas (1922-27) and Beethoven's conversation books (1946); published
works include Hector Berlioz 1803-1869 (1905), La jeunesse de Beethoven, 1770-1800 (1921), and Les sonatas pour piano de Beethoven, 1782-1823 (1937); he
died on June 18, 1956 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
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