Google Doodle pays tribute to Creole composer Edmond Dede on the occasion of his 194th birthday


Google Doodle on Saturday November 20 marked the 194th anniversary of the birth of classical Creole musician and composer Edmond Dede. Dede was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States on November 20, 1827 and died on January 5, 1903. His composition “My Poor Heart” from the year 1851 remains one of the oldest sheet music.

Relying on its official Twitter account, Google doodles shared the artistic graphic and paid a heartfelt tribute to Edmond Dede. The tweet read: “From the orchestras of NOLA to the theaters of France, Creole violinist and composer Edmond Dédé was a world-class musician. In fact, Dede released one of the oldest scores by a black composer from New Brunswick. Orleans. ” According to the Google Doodles page, Edmond Dede began learning the clarinet from his father who was a conductor in a local military orchestra, but later switched to the violin, an instrument he would soon be considered a prodigy to. Soon Dede left home in the United States and traveled to Mexico.

Learn more about Edmond Dédé

The musician returned to the United States in 1851, and the same year he published “Mon Pauvre Coeur”. To save money, he worked for a short time before moving back to continue his classical studies in France, according to the Google Doodles page. At the end of the 1850s, he worked at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. The musician has also worked at the Théâtre de l’Alcazar and at the Folies Bordelaises.

His ballets, operettas and more than 250 songs are a huge success in France. In 1893, while traveling to the United States for his only musical performance in New Orleans, Dede lost his favorite Cremona violin to a shipwreck; however, he managed to find a replacement just in time for his performance. Most of Edmond Dede’s scores have been preserved at the National Library of France and in several American universities. Edmond Dédé died on January 5, 1903 in Paris.

Image: Twitter / @ GoogleDoodles


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