The New International Encyclopædia/Delsarte, François Alexandre Nicolas Chéri

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DELSARTE, děl-särt', François Alexandre Nicolas Chéri (1811-71). A French-American musician, born in Solesmes, France. He was a pupil of the Conservatoire, was for a time a tenor singer in the Opéra Comique, composed a few melodies, and wrote several romances; but is chiefly known as a teacher in singing and declamation. He sought, by an elaborate system, to present the art of expression as a complete science. His theories have been widely adopted, and are handed down mainly by tradition, as Delsarte wrote very little about them.