January 28, 1791, Paris, France.

January 19, 1833, Thernes, France, of tuberculosis.

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.


Son of a piano teacher and composer, Hérold enrolled at the Paris Conservatory in 1806; he won the Prix de Rome in 1812. He then spent a year and a half in Naples, Italy, trying to recover from illness. While there, he taught the king’s daughters and produced an opera. After returning to Paris, he wrote operas, symphonies, concertos, sonatas, and other music. His works include:

  1. Messiah