Emmanuel de Fonscolombe
A native of Aix-en-Provence, Emmanuel de Fonscolombe was born in 1810 and died in 1875. He composed many melodies and vocal duets, a trio (violin, cello and piano), several masses, religious works and one opera «Un Prisonnier en Crimée".
A contemporary of Hector Berlioz, Fonscolombe is one of the rare Romantic composers from Provence.
Lawyer by training, choirmaster in Aix, friend of Félicien David - who dedicated "Eden" and "Moïse au Sinaï" to him - Fonscolombe was also an entomologist and a botanist.
Fonscolombe was the great-grandfather of the writer and aviator Antoine de Saint Exupéry and lived in the castle of la Mole in Var.
Le château de La Mole