|ORCHESTRA : Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra; Concert Overture; Symphony No. 1 and 2; Ocean Symphony; Symphony No. 4; Funèbre Symphony; Symphony No. 6 (Columbia Phonograph Award); Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Concerto for 'Cello and Orchestra.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC : Two string quartets.|
|OPERA : Harvard Harpolekare; The Foolish Virgins (ballet); Fanal.|
|CHORAL : It is Sabbath in the Country; Cantata.|
About Kurt Atterberg:
Allgemeine Musikzeitung 55:1146October 26, 1928; Phonograph Monthly Review 2:441 September 1928.
Important recordings of music by Kurt Atterberg:
COLUMBIA : Symphony No. 6 in C-Major (Sir Thomas Beecham).
LOUIS FRANÇOIS MARIE AUBERT was born at Paramé, Ille-et- Vilaine, on February 19, 1877. His father, a musician of refinement and scholarship, was his first teacher, and under this sympathetic tutelage, the boy made amazing progress. By his tenth year, he was prepared to enter the Paris Conservatory, and his early training under his father served him in good stead, for it was not long before young Louis distinguished himself by winning leading prizes in elementary theory, piano, harmony, sight-reading and transposition. As a boy, he possessed a voice of striking beauty and purity, singing at the services of the Madeleine and Trinité; and so it was first thought that he would carve a name for himself as a singer. With maturity, however, the voice cracked, and young Louis turned to musical composition as his leading medium of musical expression.
His earliest works--a few songs and smaller piano pieces, composed when he was in his seventeenth year--revealed the unmistakable influence of composers whom he worshipped at the time: Fauré, Franck, Chausson and Schumann. These early works were so stilted and derivative that his teachers strenuously advised him to adopt the playing of the piano as his life-work in lieu of composition. For several years, Aubert concertized with reassuring success. The lure of composition, however, soon proved too great--and so, at the turn of the Twentieth Century, he forsook every musical activity except that of artistic creation.