Sources. Primary sources for the personnel listings are the official records of the Société des Concerts, primarily the official registers of personnel (F-Pn D 17262 and a third, most recent copy, left at the Orchestre de Paris on the dissolution; see also D 17331). Dates of appointment and separation for individuals are also contained in the procès-verbaux of committee sessions and Assemblées Générales.
Supplementing biographical notes come from the standard biographical dictionaries, the biographical index of Constant Pierre's Le Conservatoire National de Musique et de Déclamation: Documents historiques et administratifs (Paris, 1900), and Annie Mary's dissertation: La Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Étude historique 1919-39 (Mémoire, musicologie, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, 6 vols., 1977). Frequent disagreements of the sources as to details of chronology have either been indicated in the text (e.g. "Born 21 [register, twice] or 22 September 1843" for Prosper Bussine, bass ch.) or resolved in favor of the most probable solution. It should be remembered that the registers were established upon presentation of legally valid birth certificates, and therefore (excepting the rare case of obvious miscopying) deserve the strong presumption of accuracy. In the case of Bussine, cited above, the birthdate of 21 September was twice presented by official document, in 1846 and 1863).
Rosters are those published in the printed programs or assembled from manuscript attendance records.
Notes. Listing is for sociétaires only: names of aspirants, membres externes, and guests do not appear unless they were eventually elected to full membership.
The registration number (given in boldface in the title line for each sociétaire) is that of the Société des Concerts. Various inaccuracies in the registers and in the scheme developed by Annie Mary for the period she treats (1919-39) have been adjusted by the author.
Where death dates are approximate ("Died 1889 or 1890" [Pierre Adam, viola]), the deduction is usually based on the date of an obituary read to the membership.
Rosters reconstructed from payment records, notably from the 1940s and 1950s, are approximate. Generally they include personnel who played half or more of the concerts, but not those who earned less than a dozen jetons.
Standardized names. The following musicians appear in the sources with two or more spellings of their names; the first spelling given has been adopted:Délédicque (viola, 316); also Délidicque
Desmarets (cello, 185); also Desmarest (He specifically asked for the record to be changed to the reading adopted here.)
Durier (doublebass, 158); also Durrier
Kocken (bassoon, 140); also Cokken
Millault (violin, 128); also Millaut, Millaux
Millaux (viola, 367); also Millault
Porthéhaut (violin, 287, P. "de l'orchestre") and (bass ch., 258, 291, P. "de chant"); also Portehaut, Portehaux
|Acad.||Académie, Officier de l'Académie|
|age||limite d'age (60 years of age for most periods)|
|asp. cas||aspirant en cas (as opposed to asp. actif)|
|bass ch.||bass of the chorus (as opposed to doublebass)|
|CdP||Caisse de Prévoyance|
|comm. mat.||commissaire du matériel|
|comm. pers.||commissaire du personnel|
|imp.||[Chapelle] impériale (formed 1853)|
|insp. salle||inspecteur de la Salle des Concerts|
|Instr.||Officier de l'Instruction Publique|
|memb. adj.||membre adjoint (of the Committee)|
|m. h.||membre honoraire|
|sursis||year-long extension of mandatory retirement deadline|