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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
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Does anybody know where this fragment stems from?

It is Damrau in very great form!


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Re: Parlez Vous (Jean) Francaix? [1912-1997]
« Reply #41 on: September 09, 2016, 03:28:19 AM »
Prolific composer, what what?  (Telemann and Vivaldi laugh!)

Chamber music
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 8 bagatelles, Piano, string quartet, (1932)
 Quintet Nr.1, Flute, string trio, harp, (1934)
 Divertissement for Bassoon & String Quintet  (1942)
 Wind Quintet, (1948)
 7 danses, 10 wind, (1970 [from ballet Les malheurs de Sophie])
 L'heure du berger, 8 wind, Piano, (1947)
 "A huit" Octet, Clarinet, Bassoon, horn, string quintet, (1972)
 9 pièces caractéristiques, 10 wind, (1973)
 Aubade, 12 Cello, (1975)
 Quasi improvisando, 11 wind, (1975)
 Quintet, Clarinet, string quartet, (1977)
 11 Violariations sur un thème de Haydn, doublebass, 9 wind, (1982)
 Wind Quintet Nr.2 (1987)
 Elégie, 11 wind, (1990)
 Sextet, wind, (1991)
 Pour remercier l'auditoire, Flute, Clarinet, horn, Violin, Cello, Piano, (1994
 Quartet, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, (1933)
 String Trio, (1933)
 Sonatine, Violin, Piano, (1934)
 String Quartet, (1938)
 Petit quatuor, sax quartet, (1935)
 Mouvement perpétuel, Cello, Piano, (1944)
 Divertissement, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, (1947)
 Sonatine, trumpet, Piano, (1952)
 Canon à l'octave, horn, Piano, (1953)
 Divertimento, Flute, keyboard, (1953)
 8 danses exotiques, 2 Piano, (1957)
 Scuola di ballo, 2 Piano, (1966)
 Quartet, English Horn, String Trio, (1971)
 Trio, Flute, Cello, harp, (1972)
 Duo baroque, harp, doublebass, (1980)
 Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano (1986)
 Notturno, 4 hn, (1987)
 Colloque des deux perruches, 2 Flute, (1988)
 Quintet Nr.2 for Flute, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello (1989)
 Trio, Clarinet, Viola, Piano, (1992)
 Trio, Oboe, Bassoon, Piano, (1994)
 Trio, Flute, Cello, Piano, (1995)

Pieces for Solo Instrument
=============================

 Scherzo, Piano, (1932)
 5 portraits de jeunes filles, Piano, (1936)
 Eloge de la danse, Piano, (1947)
 2 Pieces, gui, (1950, unpubd)
 L'insectarium, harpsichord, (1953)
 5 ‘bis’, Piano, (1955)
 Marche solennelle, org, (1957)
 Danse des trois arlequins, Piano, (1959)
 Piano Sonata, (1960)
 Suite carmélite, org, (1960)
 Suite, Flute, (1962)
 Thème Violarié, db, (1976)
 2 Pieces, harpsichord, (1977)
 Suite, harp, (1978)
 Tema con 8 Violariazioni, Viola, (1980)
 8 Violariations sur le nom de Gutenberg, Piano, (1982)
 Suite profane, organ, (1984)
 Passacaille, guitar, (1985)
 Promenade d'un musicologue éClarinetectique, Piano, (1987)
 Nocturne, Piano, (1994

Orchestral
===========================

Piano Concertino, (1932)
Divertissement, string trio, wind, harp, doublebass, (1933)
Fantaisie, Cello, orch, (1934)
Sérénade, (1934)
Suite, Violin, orchestra, (1934)
Quadruple Concerto, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, orch, (1935)
Piano Concerto, (1936)
Musique de cour, Flute, Violin, orch, (1937)
Divertissement, Bassoon, strings, (1942)
Les bosquets de Cythère, 7 waltzes, (1946)
La douce France, (1946)
Rhapsodie, Viola, wind, (1946)
L’heure du berger, (1947)
Symphonie d’archets, (1948)
Violariations de concert, Cello, strings, (1950)
Les zigues de Mars, (1950)
Sérénade B E A, str, (1952
Si Versailles m’était conté, suite, (1953 [from film score])
Symphony, (1953)
Violin Concertino, (1954, unpubd)
Fantaisie, Cello, orch, (1955)
Au musée Grévin, (1956)
Hymne solennel, (1956)
6 grandes marches, (1957)
Divertimento, horn, orch, (1958)
Concerto, harpsichord, Flute, strings, (1959)
Divertissement, horn, orch, (1959)
L’horloge de Fluteore, Oboe, orchestra, (1959)
Le dialogue des carmélites, suite, (1960)
6 preludi, strings, (1963)
Double Piano Concerto, (1965)
Flute Concerto, (1967)
Clarinet Concerto, (1968)
Divertissement, Bassoon, strings, (1968)
Les inestimables chroniques du Grand Gargantua (F. Rabelais), speaker, strings, (1970)
Jeu poétique, harp, orch, (1970)
Violin Concerto, (1970)
Thème et Violariations, (1971)
15 portraits d'enfants d'Auguste Renoir, (1972
La ville mystérieuse, (1973)
Double-bass Concerto, (1974)
Gay Paris, Trumpet, wind, (1974)
Cassazione, 3 orchs, (1975)
Chaconne, harp, 11 strings, (1976)
Concerto grosso, wind quintet, string quintet, orch, (1976)
Violariations sur un thème plaisant, Piano, wind, (1976)
Double Harp Concerto, 11 strings, (1978)
Ouverture anacréontique, (1978)
Bassoon Concerto, (1979)
Violin Concerto, (1979)
Mozart New-Look, double-bass, wind, (1981)
Psyché (La Fontaine), narrator, orch, (1981)
Guitar Concerto, 11 strings, (1982)
Impromptu, Flute, orch, (1983)
Trombone Concerto, (1983)
Ode à la liberté, (1985)
Pavane pour un génie vint, (1987)
Concerto, 15 solo inst, orch, (1988)
Double Concerto, Flute, Clarinet, orch, (1991)
85 mesures et un da capo, (1991)
Accdn Concerto, 1993

note! - discovered from liner notes that The New Grove has a couple of errors - this may be due to publication, rather than composition, dates - will fix as I come across them
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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #42 on: September 09, 2016, 06:01:58 AM »
Francaix wrote so much woodwind chamber music - all charming, lively and difficult...WW 3o, WW 5tet, Divertissement for Bssn/Stgs. His music is a main staple of the woodwind repertoire.

One of my favorite Francaix works is his Serenade for Orchestra, a delicious work for chamber orchestra....as a bassoonist, it was a great pleasure, and challenge to perform this work - lovely exposed solo that ascends to high "F", then repeats later. I don't know if it is currently available on recording - but back in the '60s, Anshel Brusilow and the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra recorded a brilliant rendition of it...TMK, this great recording never made it to the CD era - too bad....that LP also contained some real gems by Ibert - Capriccio, and Suite Symphonique, plus Ravel - Tombeau de Couperin.

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Re: Parlez Vous (Jean) Francaix? [1912-1997]
« Reply #43 on: September 09, 2016, 04:35:22 PM »
Prolific composer, what what?  (Telemann and Vivaldi laugh!)

Chamber music
============================================

 8 bagatelles, Piano, string quartet, (1932)
 Quintet, Flute, string trio, harp, (1934)
 Wind Quintet, (1948)
 7 danses, 10 wind, (1970 [from ballet Les malheurs de Sophie])
 L'heure du berger, 8 wind, Piano, (1972)
 Octet, Clarinet, Bassoon, horn, string quintet, (1972)
 9 pièces caractéristiques, 10 wind, (1973)
 Aubade, 12 Cello, (1975)
 Quasi improvisando, 11 wind, (1975)
 Quintet, Clarinet, string quartet, (1977)
 11 Violariations sur un thème de Haydn, doublebass, 9 wind, (1982)
 Elégie, 11 wind, (1990)
 Sextet, wind, (1991)
 Pour remercier l'auditoire, Flute, Clarinet, horn, Violin, Cello, Piano, (1994
 Quartet, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, (1933)
 String Trio, (1933)
 Sonatine, Violin, Piano, (1934)
 String Quartet, (1934)
 Petit quatuor, sax quartet, (1935)
 Mouvement perpétuel, Cello, Piano, (1944)
 Divertissement, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, (1947)
 Sonatine, trumpet, Piano, (1952)
 Canon à l'octave, horn, Piano, (1953)
 Divertimento, Flute, keyboard, (1953)
 8 danses exotiques, 2 Piano, (1957)
 Scuola di ballo, 2 Piano, (1966)
 Quartet, English Horn, String Trio, (1971)
 Trio, Flute, Cello, harp, (1972)
 Duo baroque, harp, doublebass, (1980)
 Notturno, 4 hn, (1987)
 Colloque des deux perruches, 2 Flute, (1988)
 Trio, Clarinet, Viola, Piano, (1992)
 Trio, Oboe, Bassoon, Piano, (1994)
 Trio, Flute, Cello, Piano, (1995)

Pieces for Solo Instrument
=============================

 Scherzo, Piano, (1932)
 5 portraits de jeunes filles, Piano, (1936)
 Eloge de la danse, Piano, (1947)
 2 Pieces, gui, (1950, unpubd)
 L'insectarium, harpsichord, (1953)
 5 ‘bis’, Piano, (1955)
 Marche solennelle, org, (1957)
 Danse des trois arlequins, Piano, (1959)
 Piano Sonata, (1960)
 Suite carmélite, org, (1960)
 Suite, Flute, (1962)
 Thème Violarié, db, (1976)
 2 Pieces, harpsichord, (1977)
 Suite, harp, (1978)
 Tema con 8 Violariazioni, Viola, (1980)
 8 Violariations sur le nom de Gutenberg, Piano, (1982)
 Suite profane, organ, (1984)
 Passacaille, guitar, (1985)
 Promenade d'un musicologue éClarinetectique, Piano, (1987)
 Nocturne, Piano, (1994

Orchestral
===========================

Piano Concertino, (1932)
Divertissement, string trio, wind, harp, doublebass, (1933)
Fantaisie, Cello, orch, (1934)
Sérénade, (1934)
Suite, Violin, orchestra, (1934)
Quadruple Concerto, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, orch, (1935)
Piano Concerto, (1936)
Musique de cour, Flute, Violin, orch, (1937)
Divertissement, Bassoon, strings, (1942)
Les bosquets de Cythère, 7 waltzes, (1946)
La douce France, (1946)
Rhapsodie, Viola, wind, (1946)
L’heure du berger, (1947)
Symphonie d’archets, (1948)
Violariations de concert, Cello, strings, (1950)
Les zigues de Mars, (1950)
Sérénade B E A, str, (1952
Si Versailles m’était conté, suite, (1953 [from film score])
Symphony, (1953)
Violin Concertino, (1954, unpubd)
Fantaisie, Cello, orch, (1955)
Au musée Grévin, (1956)
Hymne solennel, (1956)
6 grandes marches, (1957)
Divertimento, horn, orch, (1958)
Concerto, harpsichord, Flute, strings, (1959)
Divertissement, horn, orch, (1959)
L’horloge de Fluteore, Oboe, orchestra, (1959)
Le dialogue des carmélites, suite, (1960)
6 preludi, strings, (1963)
Double Piano Concerto, (1965)
Flute Concerto, (1967)
Clarinet Concerto, (1968)
Divertissement, Bassoon, strings, (1968)
Les inestimables chroniques du Grand Gargantua (F. Rabelais), speaker, strings, (1970)
Jeu poétique, harp, orch, (1970)
Violin Concerto, (1970)
Thème et Violariations, (1971)
15 portraits d'enfants d'Auguste Renoir, (1972
La ville mystérieuse, (1973)
Double-bass Concerto, (1974)
Gay Paris, Trumpet, wind, (1974)
Cassazione, 3 orchs, (1975)
Chaconne, harp, 11 strings, (1976)
Concerto grosso, wind quintet, string quintet, orch, (1976)
Violariations sur un thème plaisant, Piano, wind, (1976)
Double Harp Concerto, 11 strings, (1978)
Ouverture anacréontique, (1978)
Bassoon Concerto, (1979)
Violin Concerto, (1979)
Mozart New-Look, double-bass, wind, (1981)
Psyché (La Fontaine), narrator, orch, (1981)
Guitar Concerto, 11 strings, (1982)
Impromptu, Flute, orch, (1983)
Trombone Concerto, (1983)
Ode à la liberté, (1985)
Pavane pour un génie vint, (1987)
Concerto, 15 solo inst, orch, (1988)
Double Concerto, Flute, Clarinet, orch, (1991)
85 mesures et un da capo, (1991)
Accdn Concerto, 1993

I'm going to my HappyPlace now :(


Thankfully, he's not the most essential Composer for me to be obsessing over right now!! ;)
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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #44 on: September 12, 2016, 06:29:17 AM »
While quite a bit of his output has had commercial (and amateur YT postings),
I've not been able to find any recording issued of his 1934 String Quartet?
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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #45 on: September 12, 2016, 07:30:22 AM »
While quite a bit of his output has had commercial (and amateur YT postings),
I've not been able to find any recording issued of his 1934 String Quartet?

This site mentions some, but gives the date 1938
http://www.jeanfrancaix.com/index.php?option=com_items&itemid=228&Itemid=15
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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #46 on: September 12, 2016, 09:07:52 AM »
Civilised and urbane music of considerable charm but not without depth. There was a concertino which I liked. His music reminds me of Damase, a major discovery for me.
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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #47 on: September 12, 2016, 03:22:58 PM »
While quite a bit of his output has had commercial (and amateur YT postings),
I've not been able to find any recording issued of his 1934 String Quartet?

Quatuor Parisii on CPO, I believe. Also on a double Kontrapunkt release, or a more proprietary label.
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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #48 on: September 12, 2016, 05:42:18 PM »
I agree with you on the outright pleasant quality found in the music of Françaix.  Among other works of his, I enjoy the droll and 'creepy' L'Insectarium for harpsichord (his concerto for the same instrument is also delightful.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgln1jaXSa0

The Gallic French-defined quality of insouciance found in Françaix is a characteristic trait -- as per the individual -- shared by a number of French composers like Ibert (though Ibert's music usually has a more rugged quality and 'rougher' edges:-) and those composers known as "Les Six;"  Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger (Swiss-born), Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre.

Taillefaire's name might be better known than her works are listened to, while Auric and Louis Duray to the greater degree, are completely under the radar for many.  They all wrote fine music.

Taillefaire's delightful 'Bachian' piano concerto (in which it seems she worked with one or more themes from the 3rd Brandenburg Concerto):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wm6-kcMAVk
(link is 1st and 2nd movements, 3rd movement easy find once first link is opened.)

Louis Duray, the 'ghost' of les six -- some fine music, but his outspoken politics (communism -- and likely innately inept social skills) had him at full arms-length from a more public career and acceptance.

Deux Pieces, op 7. for piano four hands. The first, an hommage to Satie, the second, Ravel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HujJn3ZI4pc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlOXSlvawAE
Deux Etudes, op. 29
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTdTXZpDH7U
I recall a nocturne for piano that I thought mighty fine, too... there are several noctures.
too, there are other chamber works up on Youtube, a sonata for flute and piano, wind trio, etc.

Georges Auric is better / best known for his ballet and film scores, also wrote chamber and concert works...
two notable scores are for Cocteau's remarkable films, 
La Belle et la Bête
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKHmJ09L4tc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLKB3H-qxhE
and Orphee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLKB3H-qxhE
again, Auric composed sundry chamber works....
Trio for winds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxH0aN_MMwA


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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #49 on: September 12, 2016, 06:22:19 PM »
Along with Francaix, Les Six, etc. the 'bigger bundle' of the Neoclassicial composers from the early through later 20th century -- both European and American -- have given us a large body of music in the general style, each having their own way and vocabulary and having made a mark.

The expanded harmonic language of the Neoclassical, a freedom from the chordal / tonal hierarchy of the common practice era combined with a piquancy via a more or less present polytonality all make for readily accessible music that I think is more than ready to be more widely presented to contemporary audiences (keeping in mind that the entire general audience for classical are not the more replete enthusiasts that 'us who go to online classical music fora' are.)  Every one of us may now pat ourselves on the back:-)

Move a bit south, and the works of Joaquin Rodrigo come to mind, again with clear and ebullient writing, and -- as someone has said, they are very pleasant and "Not Without Depth.

Here is Rodrigo's Harp concerto, which, like so much of his work, has been eclipsed by the hyper success of his guitar concerto, Concierto de Aranjuez

Concierto Serenata Para Arpa Y Orquesta - Estudiantina. Allegro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjv3troNnRk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2i0d3fRQ3M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4Tl9ULYf54
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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #50 on: August 15, 2017, 10:42:33 AM »
I've been listening to Françaix's L'apocalypse selon St. Jean, a "fantastic oratorio" considered by the composer to be his most important work. I would have to agree - it is unlike anything else I have heard from Jean!

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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #51 on: October 12, 2017, 08:16:30 AM »
Give me something uber charming...

I have grown weary of the ubiquitous Octet/Clarinet Quintet/bassoon quintet grouping... can you give me something off-brand or minor or quirky or just your fav...
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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #52 on: October 16, 2017, 07:51:47 AM »
Plowing through Francaix trying to find the hidden gems. So far, the Trumpet Sonatina and the Flute Sonata (not Sonatina), along with the Violin Sonatina, are my exemplary finds.

Many may not know that a lot of Francaix's more famous pieces are actually LateWorks, including the ubiquitous 'Theme and Variations' for clarinet and piano (70s) and the Clarinet Trio (90s).
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Re: Parlez Vous Francaix?
« Reply #53 on: October 16, 2017, 09:09:58 AM »
Francaix's Berceuse for cello and piano is a touching little piece:

https://youtu.be/YKjBikADMuk

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