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Henri Duparc

(1848—1933)


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(b Paris, 1848; d Mont‐de‐Marsan, 1933).

Fr. composer. Extremely self‐critical, destroying most of his early works. His 16 songs, orig. in idiom and fore‐telling impressionism, are models of sensitivity to the poetic text combined with melodic inspiration and a harmonic style based on Wagner. They were comp. between 1868 and 1884. After 1885 he wrote nothing owing to an incurable nervous disease. His output is as follows:

songs:

Chanson triste

(with pf. acc., but † = orch. version provided by Duparc): † (1868 or 9);

Soupir

(1869);

Romance de Mignon

(1869);

Sérénade

(1869);

Le galopAu pays où se fait la guerreAbsenceL'Invitation au voyageLa vague et la cloche

(1869); † (?1869–70, orig. title ); † (1870); † (1871, comp. for orch., with pf. acc. supplied later first by d'Indy then by Duparc);

Elégie

(1874);

ExtaseLe Manoir de Rosemonde

(1874, ?rev. 1884); † (1879 or 82);

Sérénade FlorentinePhidylé

(?1880–1); † (1882);

LamentoTestamentLa Vie antérieure

(1883 or 5); † (1883 or 5); † (1884).

vocal:

La fruite

, sop., ten., pf. (1871);

Benedicat vobis Dominus

, motet, STB (1882).

orch.:

Poème NocturneAux étoiles

(1874, orig. in 3 movts., but only No.1, , survives);

Lénore

, sym.‐poem (1875).

piano:

5 Feuilles volantes

(?1867–9).

Subjects: Music.


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