George Onslow’s homes in Clermont-Fernand:
Chateau de Chalendrat
Chateau de Bellerive, Perignot
- Born 1784, Onslow lived comfortably in chateaux around Clermont-Fernand, with regular sojourns to Paris.
- He composed Wind Quintet Opus 81 late in life, aged 66 (1850). He wrote only two further compositions before his death in 1853.
- Opus 81 was one of a very few quintets written in the 19th c after the celebrated quintets of Anton Reicha (Onslow’s composition teacher in 1808).
- Opus 81 was dedicated to five eminent musicians of the early 19th c, who had each been important in the evolution of their instrument: Louis Dorus (flute); Stanislas Verroust (oboe); Charles Verroust (bassoon); Adolphe Leroy (clarinet); and Joseph Mengal (horn).
- Onlsow’s music was widely celebrated during his lifetime yet virtually unknown following WWI until modern times.
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