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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Notify me of new comments via email. What gives Dionysiaques its staying power as a concert band piece? You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Schmitt uses short bursts of highly chromatic material to elude to the sense of unpredictability that is often schmittt with such alcohol-induced celebrations. His father hoped he would become an organist. Notify me of new posts via email. Some of the Japanese recordings are of a somewhat truncated score, lasting about 8 minutes instead of the usual 11, so be careful about those.
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Work Title Dionysiaques, Op. Dionysiaques is very seldom played in France where concert bands are rare or of very limited talent.
Dionysiaques | Florent Schmitt
His style was primarily impressionistic, was similar to that of Debussy, but also included elements of Wagner and Richard Strauss. Throughout his life, he composed for most major forms of music, except for opera. It requires great technical skill and musical acuity.
As in many orientalist works, Schmitt uses erotic dancing and hysteria as shcmitt for musical innovation. The composition is very descriptive, beginning the celebration very sensuously, in the lower brasses and winds, with a more yearning theme in the upper voices. Japan in particular has embraced Dionysiaques in a big way. Email required Address never made public.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. Included on these programs are concert band works by Hector Berlioz and Henri Tomasi, along with wind arrangements of orchestral music schmift fellow French composers Paul Dukas, Maurice Ravel and Emmanuel Chabrier.
Composition Year Genre Categories Pieces ; For wind band ; Scores featuring wind band ; For orchestra without strings ; For piano 4 hands arr ; Scores featuring the piano ; Scores featuring the piano 4 hands ; For 2 players. Beyond Debussy and Ravel: 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 dozens of recordings made by these Japanese ensembles.
When Richard Strauss conducted his works at the Concerts Lamoureux inSchmitt encountered a composer whose style he was soon to embrace. But something interesting happened, beginning in another schmtit of the world.
However, it is in the public domain in Canada where IMSLP is hosted and other schmmitt where the term is life-plus years such as China, Japan, Korea and many others worldwide. You scgmitt commenting using your Facebook account. There are quite a few performances on YouTube as well — mostly live performances. Florent Schmitt, like Berlioz a generation before him, was both a composer and a critic. The picture shown was taken around that time.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Facebook account. Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The music has also been performed at the University of Maryland in College Park within the past several years. To my knowledge, the earliest modern post 78 rpm-era performance of Dionysiaques was recorded in by Musique des Equipages de dioonysiaques Flotte de Toulon, conducted by Jean Maillot.
Just listening to this composition will help you to understand its complexities and difficulties in performance. It has been clearly superseded by many newer recordings, although it remains of historical interest.
Dionysiaques, Op.62 (Schmitt, Florent)
When you completely immerse yourself in the music, you really can see people dancing! 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.