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Augusta Holmès (Composer)

Born: 18th December 1847, Paris, France

Died: 28th January 1903, Paris, France

Nationality: French

Augusta (Mary Anne) Holmès was a French composer of Irish descent (her father was from Youghal, Co. Cork). At first she published under the pseudonym Hermann Zenta. In 1871, Holmès became a French citizen and added the accent to her last name. She herself wrote the lyrics to almost all her songs and oratorios, as well as the libretto of her opera La Montagne Noire and the programmatic poems for her symphonic poems including Irlande and Andromède.

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