|ORCHESTRA: Le Poème de la Forêt; Second Symphony; Third Symphony; Pour Une Fête de Printemps; Suite; Concerto; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Petite Suite; Evocations (with chorus) ; Psaume (with chorus).|
|CHAMBER MUSIC: Two sonatas for piano and violin; Trio; Trio for Flute, Alto and Violoncello; Quartet; Quantet; Sextet.|
|BALLET: Le Festin de l'Araignée; Bacchus et Ariane.|
|OPERA: Padmâvatî; La Naissance de la Lyre.|
|Pieces for piano.|
About Albert Roussel:
Vuillemin Louis. Albert Roussel et son Oeuvre.
Eolus 7:10January 1928.
Important recordings of music by Albert Roussel:
VICTOR: Suite for Orchestra.
FRENCH COLUMBIA: Third Symphony (Composed for the Anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) ; Le Festin de l'Araignée.
DANE RUDHYAR was born in March 1895 in Paris, where he began his academic studies. He was an exceptionally precocious student and at the age of sixteen he not only received his bachelor of philosophy at the Sorbonne University, but also succeeded in writing a book Debussy and the Cycle of Musical Civilization which revealed such merit that the publisher, J. Durand commissioned him to write a biography of Debussy which was published in 1913. At the same time, Rudhyar began his musical studies, where he made equally rapid strides, succeeding in having a few of his smaller pieces published by Durand.
After serving for a short while as the personal secretary of August Rodin,
the celebrated sculptor, Rudhyar, being exempt from military service, came to America in 1916 with a group of French artists who were planning a new form of dancing promulgated in Paris before the war under the name of "metachory" --very abstract and metaphysical. A grandiose performance was given at the Metropolitan Opera House under Pierre Monteux, the day the United States entered the World War. The concert introduced Rudhyar as a composer to the American music audiences. His Dance Poems was favorably received, Pitts Sanborn commenting on its "remarkable orchestration."
In 1920, Rudhyar's name once again came into prominence when a symphonic-poem Surge of Fire won the Los Angeles Orchestra prize of $1,000 in California. Since 1920, Rudhyar has travelled extensively thru America, settling for several months at a time in New York, Seal Harbor ( Maine), Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and New Mexico. Besides his activity as a composer, he has lectured on music and general culture in the West, has written articles on music for newspapers and magazines as well as a series of booklets on philosophy and education, and has issued a periodical Hamsa devoted to "problems concerning individual development in terms of our new cultural ideas."
As a composer, Rudhyar is a modernist whose music abounds in metaphysical implications. Compositions such as Surge of Fire, Mosaics and Five Stanzas are works in which the rhythmic element is highly predominant, and the harmony pungent and electric. Highly abstract, this music is not easily comprehended at first hearing, but a more intimate association with it leaves a very favorable impression because of the intensity of the utterance and the fervor of the expression. As Lawrence Gilman has commented: " Rudhyar's music has sensibility and richness; it is curiously intense; it can shape and crystallize a mood. It seems to us the most genuine music . . . certainly the most concentrated and interior."
Dane Rudhyar contributes the following paragraphs concerning himself: "I am doing many things besides composing____________________