Composers of Today: A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations

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He was, by this time, rapidly freeing himself from the constraining influences of his musical admirations, and his personality was beginning to assert itself more and more strongly. By 1901, he revealed sufficient gift to be seriously considered for the Prix de Rome; only the fact that he had just married disqualified him from the competition. From 1902, Aubert began work upon larger and more pretentious compositions which soon marked him as a composer deserving most serious consideration. These works included such choral compositions as La Légende du Sang and Les Crépuscules d'Automne, ballets such as La Momie and Chrysothémis, and an opera, La Forêt Bleue--all of which had successful presentations in Paris between 1902 and 1910. In these works, Aubert revealed a classical style in which melodic richness and harmonic ingenuity abounded. "These are pages of remarkable workmanship, of fine substance and penetrating sentiment, in which are expressed forcibly and with emphasis, a gentle and slightly sad emotion, the realities or the dreams of the season in which the sky is gray while the leaves are yellowing," wrote M. D. Calvocoressi concerning Les Crépuscules d'Automne. "They succeed in placing their composer in a high position among the younger generation." Louis Aubert did not attain genuine significance as a composer until he turned to expressing the Spanish idiom in music. Critics are agreed that Aubert's richest artistic expression lies in such works as Habanera for orchestra and Nuit Mauresque, for voice and orchestra. "One must read the score of Habanera, to receive a lesson in taste, moderation, clarity and tact," according to Emile Vuillermoz. "Everything in it is so clear, so precise and so infallible that such a reading is infinitely instructive. I know composers of real talent who would gain great advantage from studying it closely in order to rid their instrumental technique of the false elegances and useless details which encumber it and render it heavy. The orchestral style is at once supple and solid. The sonority is rich, elastic and deep, with all the fluidity and finesse which our most delicate pointellistes seek. It is an accomplished model of its type."During the War, Aubert served as organist at St. Hippolyte Church in Paris. Since then he has lived in complete retirement on the outskirts of Paris --on Boulevard Pereire. His pen has, for the most part, been idle.Principal works by Louis Aubert:
STAGE : La Forêt Bleue (opera); La Momie and Chrysothémis (ballets).
ORCHESTRA : Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra; Nuit Mauresque; Habanera; Six Poèmes Arabes.
CHORAL : La Légende du Sang; Les Cloches; Tu es Petrus; Les Crépuscules d'Automne.

About Louis Aubert:

Hill, E. B. Modern French Music; Vullemin, L. Louis Aubert.

Courrier Musical 30:558October 1, 1928; Revue Musicale 8:129February 1, 1927.


Georges Auric 1899-

"Les Matelots and Les Fâcheux of Auric are among the finest things in French music since Debussy."--BORIS DE SCHLOEZER

GEORGES AURIC--the youngest member of that once-celebrated clique known as the French-Six--was born at Lodève, Hèrault, on February 15, 1899. His early musical studies were

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Auric: ō-rēc′

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