1875 - 1959
Max d’Ollone was born in Besançon in 1875. A pupil of Jules Massenet at the Paris Conservatory, he won a First Grand Prix de Rome in 1897. Successively director of public concerts in Angers, director of the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau, teacher for instrumental ensemble at the Conservatory, inspector for Musical Education, and director of the Opéra Comique, he was a prolific composer whose works include symphonic compositions, a ballet and chamber music. His output is dominated, however, by stage works produced in Paris during the interwar period and by songs, occasionally written to his own texts. The language of this independent composer, always faithful to himself and a stranger to fashion and system, lies within the French tradition of Massenet, Saint-Saëns and Fauré. Max d’Ollone died in Paris in 1959.