Laurent Menager (1835–1902) was a Luxembourg composer, choirmaster, organist and conductor who is often referred to as Luxembourg’s national composer. He founded the national choral association “Sang a Klang” (1857) and composed many songs, orchestral music and operettas as well as music for brass bands and theatre.
The son of a baker, Menager was born on 10 January 1835 in the Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg City. He attended the Luxembourg Athénée before continuing his studies with Professor Hiller at the Academy of Music in Cologne. Employed for no less than 46 years by the municipality of Luxembourg, he was a professor at the Luxembourg Music School. He also taught music and singing at the Athénée and at the teachers training school and directed several choral societies. He was a friend of the poets Dicks and Lentz, collaborating with them on several compositions. His compositions covered choral works, symphonies, operettas, chamber music and music for military bands. Of particular interest is his church music. His “Pie Jesu” and “Ihr lieben Vöglein” are among his most masterly compositions.
When Menager died on 7 February 1902, he had become so popular that he was mourned by the entire nation. Over 6,000 people, including representatives of 45 societies, attended his funeral.
Luxembourg National Library has published a complete edition of his works.