Emmanuel de FONSCOLOMBE
was born in 1810 in Aix-en-Provence, where he also died in 1875. Emmanuel Honoré Boyer de Fonscolombe, Baron de la Mole, has composed, besides several masses, diverse scacred music and an opera : "Un prisonnier en Crimée" (A prisoner in the Crimea),charming melodies, vocal duets and a trio (violin, violoncello and piano). He is one of the great choirmasters of Aix-en-Provence (Église de la Madeleine), in the tradition of Jean Gilles and André Campra. As a contemporary of Berlioz, he is one of the rare romantic composers of the Provence. Having studied law, he was a friend of Félicien David, who dedicated to him "Eden" and "Moïse au Sinaï". He was also interested in Entomology and Botanics. He lived in the Château de la Mole in southern french Var and he is the great-grandfather of the writer-pilot Antoine de Saint Exupéry.