Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer

Composer

Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer was a French composer who is particularly known for his ballet music. He was born into a family of musicians in 1785 and studied composition with Charles-Simon Catel. La Sylphide (1832) is considered his best work alongside his other six ballets, an unfinished opera and other orchestral compositions. He was known for his ability to play a whole range of instruments at a high level, as well as for his wit and affable nature. The score of La Sylphide is characterised by the combination of dramatic and dance music as well as quotations from works by other composers such as Paganini, Süssmayr or Gluck - a common practice in the 19th century. Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer died in Paris at the age of 67.