Adolphe Blanc was born on June 24,1828 in Manosque, France, in the Basses-Alpes region. He was thirteen years old when he left for Paris, where he was admitted to a violin class at the Conservatoire, a must for all aspiring fiddlers. He obtained a diploma in this instrument (prix de concours) and continued on to the composition class of the celebrated Fromental Halévy (1799-1862), author of one of the great operatic successes of the time, La Juive. In those years, France was engulfed in an opera craze; the French couldn't get enough: grand opera, comic opera, opera buffa, opera in all shapes and sizes. It was in such a context that Blanc, upon completing his schooling, embarked on the more intimate path of chamber music, as if wishing to consolidate in his country the legacy of the Classics in this field, still relatively unknown outside the initiated few.
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