1803–1856
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Ju­ly 24, 1803, Par­is, France.

May 3, 1856, Par­is, France.

Cim­e­tière de Mont­martre, Par­is, France.

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Adam’s fath­er Lou­is taught at the Par­is Con­ser­va­tory. Ad­olphe stu­died un­der him, Hen­ry Le­moine, Ben­o­ist, Rei­cha, and Boiel­dieu, and was a friend of Lou­is Hér­old.

Ad­am re­ceived hon­or­a­ble men­tion in the 1824 Prix de Rome com­pe­ti­tion, then won the prize the fol­low­ing year.

In his life, he wrote more than 50 op­er­as and 12 bal­lets. One of the best known is Gi­selle, ou Les Wil­is (1841).

His oth­er works in­clude:

  1. O Ho­ly Night