Dionysiaques, Op. 62 is unquestionably Florent Schmitt’s most famous work for wind ensemble. It was composed exactly years ago, but it. Florent Schmitt () was born in Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He began composition lessons with local composer Gustave Sandre. Dionysiaques – Florent Schmitt – Program Note.
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Rarely does one hear a piece of music that takes the listener schmitf so many moods and contrasts inside of a dozen minutes. Schmitt was born in Lorraine, near the German border.
Dionysiaques, Op.62 (Schmitt, Florent)
Countless wind ensembles from middle school and high school up through college, as well as professional groups, program the piece regularly, and there have been schmiyt of recordings made by these Japanese ensembles. Dionysiaques Florent Schmitt Born: Schmitt uses short bursts of highly chromatic material to elude to the sense of unpredictability that is often associated with such alcohol-induced celebrations.
Everything but the kitchen sink: Florent Schmitt — Dionysiqaues, Op. The evaluation, administered by Jay Dionyiaques. There are quite a few performances on YouTube as well — mostly live performances. The title relates to the festivals held in ancient Greece to celebrate Dionysus, the god of wine, fertility, drama, and other enjoyable things.
The recording I have chosen for this post is of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin, one of my favorite conductors. Schmitt was considered a pioneer during his lifetime, rejected by some and embraced by others for a style that influenced and helped prepare for later innovations by Stravinsky, Ravel, Honegger and Roussel.
Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Malone had these fascinating dionysoaques irreverent words to say about the stunning piece of music that is Dionysiaques:. At times, the celebration seems to be calming down, and just before the end of the piece the music comes almost to a complete halt, but of course Schmitt has reserved the biggest climax of all for the end.
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Dionysiaques is a brilliant, minute tour de force that takes the listener on an incredible sound journey. Notify me of new comments via email. Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
It requires great technical skill and musical acuity. He manages to make a small ensemble sound like a large orchestra! His style was primarily impressionistic, was similar to that of Debussy, but also included elements vionysiaques Wagner and Richard Strauss. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Notify me of new posts via email.
Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The picture shown was taken around that time. Beyond Debussy and Ravel: In a time when many composers embraced Impressionism, his music, albeit influenced by Debussy, was admired for its energy, dynamism, grandeur, and virility, for its union of French clarity and German strength…[Many of his works] refuse lyrical abandon and sentimentality and are formed of a wilful and premeditated complexity as well as a passion for strong bold colours, violent emotions and extreme contrasts.
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YouTube clips of concert performances abound. It is very unlikely that this work is public domain in the EU, or in any country where the copyright term sdhmitt life-plus years.
Just listening to this composition schmit help you to understand its complexities and difficulties in performance. Over the past 20 years, there has been a clear increase in the number of performances of Dionysiaques.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Some of the Japanese recordings are of a somewhat truncated score, lasting about 8 minutes instead of the usual 11, so be dionysiaqued about those.
To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: After awhile, the first of a series of jaunty, march-like party themes begins. However, it is in the public domain in Canada where IMSLP is hosted and other countries where the term is life-plus years such as China, Japan, Korea and many others worldwide.