François-Louis Perne

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François-Louis Perne (also known as François Perne; October 4, 1772 – May 26, 1832), was a French composer and musicographer.

He is known both for his writings on the history of music, and also for being a director of the Paris Conservatoire.


François-Louis Perne was born in Paris, he started his musical training as a choirboy in the parish of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie. In 1792, he became a tenor in the chorus of the Opéra National de Paris, where he remained until 1799, when he became a contrabassist in the orchestra.[1]

He was later appointed to the position of professor of harmony at the Paris Conservatoire in 1811, as a successor to Charles Catel, he later became general inspector of the Conservatoire in 1816 and librarian in 1819.[1] He died at Laon.


Written works[edit]

  • Cours élémentaire d'harmonie (1823)
  • Ancienne musique des chansons du châtelain de Coucy mise en notation moderne (Paris, 1830)

Musical works[edit]

  • Fugue à trois partes, trois modes, quatre sujets et quatre faces (1800)
  • Canon à sept parties et à nombreuses mutations