Following the annexation of Lorraine by Germany in 1871, Pierne's family moved to Paris. He was then educated at the Paris Conservatoire, studying under Cesar Franck and Jules Massenet. He won first prizes for piano, organ, fugue and counterpoint and, in 1882, was awarded the French Prix de Rome. In 1890, he succeeded Franck as organist at Sainte-Clotilde Basilica in Paris, a position he held until 1898. Pierne became the chief conductor of the Concerts Colonne in 1910. He continued there until 1933 when his health became an issue. He became a member of the Academie des BeauxArts in 1925 and was made a commander of the Legion d'Honneur in 1935. He wrote several operas, symphonic pieces and a large quantity of chamber music. His works include the opera La Croisade des enfants (1905) and Les Enfants a Bethleem (1907) and the ballet Cydalise et la chevre-pied (1923).
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