Edmond Dédé

About Edmond Dédé

Who is it?: Violinist and Orchestra Conductor
Birth Day: November 20, 1827
Birth Place: New Orleans, United States

Edmond Dédé

Edmond Dédé was born on November 18, 20 in New Orleans, United States, is Violinist and Orchestra Conductor. Edmond Dédé was a black French creole American composer, born in New Orleans in 1827, to a French couple from West Indies. His father was a bandmaster for a militia unit. During his childhood, Dédé was first introduced to the clarinet but found his true calling with violin and was soon dubbed the child prodigy. There have been various spellings to his name from the initial Edmond to the later Edmund. He took lessons from famous violinists like Constantin Debergue and Italian-born Ludovico Gabici. He has some famous compositions to his credit like Mon Pauvre Coeur in 1852, Quasimodo Symphony in 1865, Le Palmier Overture in 1865 and many more. The hostility in States forced him to flee to Mexico and he later returned United States and worked as a cigar maker to save money to be able to travel to Europe. Edmond Dédé died in 1903 in Paris. Read on to know about this talented artist.
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Popular As Edmond Dédé
Occupation Musicians
Age 88 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 20, 1827 (New Orleans, United States)
Birthday November 20
Town/City New Orleans, United States
Nationality United States

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Edmond Dédé’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius. According to astrologers, Sagittarius is curious and energetic, it is one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. Sagittarius-born are able to transform their thoughts into concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals.

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Dédé's instruction from Gabici ended when he left to seek work in Mexico at the end of the U.S.-Mexican War in 1848. When he eventually returned to the US at the end of 1852, he worked as a cigar maker, saving money to be able to travel to Europe. He went first to Paris and then Belgium, where he helped his friend Joseph Tinchant set up a branch of the Tinchant family's cigar Business. He returned to Paris around 1857 and became an auditeur at the Paris Conservatoire. He studied at the Conservatoire with Jean Delphin Alard and Fromental Halevy.


In the early 1860s, Edmond Dédé went to Bordeaux to take up a position as assistant Conductor for the ballet at the Grand Théâtre. Within a few years, he found employment at the Théâtre l'Alcazar, a popular café-concert in the city. Later in the 1870s, he moved to the Folies Bordelaises. Throughout Dédé continued to compose art music, which he sought to have performed at the more prestigious Grand Théâtre.


After settling in Bordeaux in 1864, he returned to New Orleans only once, in 1893. During the voyage to the United States, his freighter sank, occasioning a rescue. When he reached New Orleans, three benefit concerts were held in his honor, in which he participated. New Orleans' musical innovators and musical elite, including Jelly Roll Morton's Teacher, william J. Nickerson, took part in the concerts. The welcome committee that organized the concerts for Dédé overlapped with the membership of the Citizens Committee, the group of social and legal Activists who brought the legal challenges that led to the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling in 1896.


Samuel Snaer, Jr. (1835–1900), an African-American Conductor and musician, conducted the first performance in New Orleans of Dédé's Quasimodo Symphony. It was premiered on the night of May 10, 1865, in the New Orleans Theater to a large audience of prominent free people of color of New Orleans and Northern whites. Dédé was not present at this performance.


Dédé died on January 5, 1901 in Paris. Many of his compositions have been preserved at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France [1] in Paris.

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