- Category : Entertain-Music-Composer/Arranger
- Type : GP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (20)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 3
At the age of 19 he entered the Paris Conservatoire. There he studied with Gabriel Fauré, Jules Massenet, Théodore Dubois, and Albert Lavignac. In 1900 he won the Prix de Rome.
From 1929 to 1939 Schmitt worked as a music critic for Le Temps, in which role he created considerable controversy, not least for his indiscreet habit of shouting out verdicts from his seat in the hall. The music publisher Heugel went so far as to call him "an irresponsible lunatic".
Having been one of the most often performed of French composers during the first four decades of the 20th century, Schmitt afterwards fell into comparative neglect, although he continued writing music till the end (and in 1952 he became a member of the Légion d'honneur). He became the subject of attacks — both in his last years and posthumously — over his pro-German sympathies during the 1930s, and over his willingness to work for the Vichy regime later on.
Schmitt wrote 138 works with opus numbers. He composed examples of most of the major forms of music, except for opera.
He died in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 18 August 1958, aged 87.