Lesueur or Le Sueur, Jean François (zhäN fräNswäˈ) [key], 1760–1837, French composer. During the French Revolution his operas, such as La Caverne (1793) and Paul et Virginie (1794), were highly popular and imitated; their violence and sensationalism reflected the spirit of the time. His many distinguished composition students included Ambroise Thomas, Gounod, and Berlioz.
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