The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Franck, César Auguste Jean Guillaume Hubert
FRANCK, César Auguste Jean Guillaume Hubert, sā'zar ō-güst zhŏṅ gē-yōm übār, fränk, French composer: b. Liège 1822; d. Paris 1890. He studied in the conservatory of his native town and at Paris, and in 1872 succeeded his master, Benoist, as teacher in the Metropolitan Conservatory. His talent as a composer was for a long time unrecognized, and in 1846 his oratorio ‘Ruth’ fell flat. Twenty years later it was revived and created a furore, and Franck found himself leader of a new school. The popularity which his works still enjoy at Paris has to some extent spread to the United States, where his oratorio ‘Les Beatitudes’ has been much appreciated.