On his return from Italy, he wrote for the lyric theater, and at the same time held the position of professor at the Conservatoire, in the class of harmony. His course of theoretical and practical harmony (Paris, Escudier) is an example of his pedagogy. Many of his comic operas were successful in his lifetime. He is also responsible for various pieces of sacred and secular music. He became a member of the Institut de France in 1873, and received the distinction of knight of the Legion of Honor.
The Solo de Concert is a particular work, written for the trombone with accompaniment of a string quintet (2 violins, viola, cello and double bass). It is rare to find a competition piece with an accompaniment other than piano. It was composed for the class of valve trombone held by Antoine Dieppo (1857-1870). The Andantino in D minor shows the lyrical, sung side of the trombone. A short cadenza leads back to the first theme. Follows an Allegro moderato in D major showing the militaryside of the instrument. A second cadenza gives the trombone freedom of expression, before the martial theme leads to the coda.
This work is available in two versions: the original with string quintet (132251, score and 132252, parts) and this piano reduction. The work can also be played with string orchestra by doubling parts. -Benny Sluchin