Pierné, Henri Constant Gabriel (äNrēˈ kôNstäNˈ gäbrēĕlˈ pyĕrnāˈ) [key], 1863–1937, French organist, conductor, and composer; pupil of Massenet and César Franck. His cantata Edith won the Prix de Rome in 1882. He succeeded Franck as organist at Ste Clotilde, 1890–98, and was chief conductor (1910–32) of the Colonne Concerts. He was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1924. His most popular works are the oratorio La Croisade des Enfants (1905) and the piano piece Marche des petits soldats de plomb. He also wrote eight operas, instrumental and orchestral music, and songs.
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