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(1842 - 1912)
||Born 12 May, near St. Etienne, France, the youngest in a family of 21 children|
||Begins piano lessons with his mother|
||The family moves to Paris in the aftermath of the French Revolution|
||At age 11, enters the Paris Conservatory, and studies under the opera composer Ambroise Thomas|
||Wins the Prix de Rome for composition, and while in Rome meets Franz Liszt, from whom he receives help and encouragement|
||His first opera La Grand'tante is staged in Paris|
||Serves in the National Guard during the Franco-Prussian war|
||Paris premiere of his opera Manon heralds his years of greatest fame and success|
||Dies in Paris, 13 August, at age 70|