|THEATRE : Les Noces de Gamache; Les Fâcheux; Les Pélicans; Sous la Masque; Les Matelots; Jardin Enchanté; La Concurrence.|
|ORCHESTRA : Fox-Trot; Nocturne; Suite; music for René Claire's A Nous La Liberté (motion picture).|
|Songs, pieces for piano, etc.|
About Georges Auric:
British Musician 2:205February 1927; Modern Music 6:11November-December 1928; Revue Musicale 7:1January 1926.
Important recordings of music by Georges Auric:
GRAMOPHONE : Adieu New York.
GRANVILLE BANTOCK--born in London on August 7, 1868--was first intended for the Indian Civil Service. A few lessons in harmony and counterpoint at Trinity College forcefully convinced him, however, that his future lay with music. He therefore entered the Royal Academy of Music as a pupil of Corder, where his conscientious zeal and his unusual talent earned for him the Macfarren Scholarship after one term.
During his stay at the Royal Academy he composed several orchestral works-- including the Fire-Worshipper's Overture, and the ballet-suite, Rameses II-- which were performed at the Academy concerts. In these early works there already could be discerned Bantock's passionate interest in Oriental subjects, which is probably the most distinguishing characteristic of his later, mature works. These early orchestral works were fluent, adroit, and highly talented. In them, the composer "shows something of the original character of his thoughts and an uncommon command of orchestral resources," writes Herbert Antcliffe. "He had not, at the time he wrote them, acquired the perfect control of musical form which he has now, and in this matter, as well as in other details, he was still under the direct influence of others. . . . They are never commonplace, however."
In 1893, on a little less than fifteen pounds, he founded the New Quarterly Music Review which, under his editorship, became for three years one of the leading critical organs on music in England. To support himself, during this period, he officiated as conductor of musical comedies and light music in the provinces. In 1896, the Review suspended publication, and Bantock devoted himself more seriously to conducting-- forming the, then, bold project of giving entire concerts to the music of younger English composers. When, in 1897, he was appointed musical director of the Tower, New Brighton, he continued working conscientiously to bring further recognition to his young contemporaries. In 1898, he founded the New Brighton Choral Society, and conducted the con-