Document Type

Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 4-2024


Arnaud Préot (1818-1873) was the 8th president of Longwood University. He served between the years 1863-1869 and ran the institution during the Civil War. A Frenchman, Préot immigrated to America at the age of 19. In America, he served as a professor of language and music, and eventually served as president at three female colleges. Additionally, he composed music, including several piano compositions and many vocal pieces. His works are reflective of both the classical period and the French style. In this essay, two of his piano compositions and one of his vocal pieces are analyzed and discussed. Préot's pieces were well-known at the institutions he served at and were played by many of his students. With his musical talents and his leadership, Arnaud Préot had a significant impact on Longwood University and many other institutions.



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