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Louis Aubert (1877-1968)

A French conductor, pianist, singer, critic and a composer. His Real name is Louis François Marie Aubert. He was born in Paramé, in Ille-et-Vilaine prefecture on 9th February, 1877. He received the initial training from his father in his childhood life. Then he moved to Paris and got into the church chorus group of St.Madeleine Church in Paris. He also entered Paris Coservatory and studied piano with Louis Diémer, harmony with Albert Lavignac, accompaniment with Paul Vidal and composing with Gabriel Fauré. He raised his fame with his compositions for stage works or cinema music. Also, he was a talented vocalist and pianist. His compositional diction inherited his masters, such as Franck, Fauré or Chausson with flavor of Ravel. Later he was appointed as a faculty of paris Conservatory and be chosen the head of the institute as the successor of Florent Schmitt, in 1956. Also he was chosen a member of the Academy of Beaux-Arts. He died in Paris, on 9th January, 1968.(Acknowledgement : The portrait of the composer was kindly provided by Ms. Christina Ariagno. Never bring this photo out from this page.)


Main Works

Stage Works A Mummy la momie (1903) {ballet}
A Flower of Chrysanthemum chrysanthemis (1904) {ballet}
A Blue Forest la forêt bleue (1907) {opera/2p/vo, p}
A Fascinating Night nuit ensorcelée (1923) {ballet}
Orchestral Symphonic Poem 'Habanera' la habanera (1919) {orch/2p}
Symphonic Picture 'Dryade' dryade -tableaux symphonique (1921)
A Summer Festival la fêtes d'été (1937)
Dedication offrande (1947)
Tomb of Chateaubriand tombeau de Chateaubriand (1948)
Symphonic Picture'Cinema' cinéma -tableaux symphonique (1952)
Concerto Fantasy fantaisie pour piano et orchestre (1899) {p, orch/2p}
Caprice capriccio pour violon et orchestre (1925) {vln, orch}
Christmas Pastoral noël pastoral (1927) {p, orch}
Chamber Madrigal madrigal (189-) {fl, p}
Introduction and Allegro introduction et allegro (1922) {fl, p}
Violin Sonata in D Minor sonate pour violon et piano (1927) {vln, p}
Nocturne nocturne (-) {fl, p}
Romance romance (-) {fl, p}
Song lied (-) {fl, p}
Piano Short Suite suite brève (1900/1913) {2p/orch}
Three Sketches trois esquisses (1900) {p}
Ship Locus sillages (1908-1912) {p}
A Leaf of Images feuille d'images (1930) {2p/orch}
Sketch by the Name of Fauré esquisse sur le nom de Fauré (-) {p}
Small Devils lutins (-) {p}
Suite suite (-) {2p}
Waltz-Caprice valse-caprice (-) {p}
Songs (Chorus) Under the Sea of Forest Trees sous bois (1892) {vo, p}
Spanish Song Accompanied by Vielle (Trad.Spanish Instrument) vielle chanson espagnole (1894) {vo, p}
Tender Rhymes rimes tendres (1896) {vo, p}
The Marriage of Appolo and Urania les noces d'Appollon et Uranie (1897) {cantata}
A Letter la lettre (1900) {vo, p}
Autumn Crepascules crepuscules d'automne (1908) {vo, p}
Six Arabic Poems six poèmes Arabes (1907) {vo, orch}
Your Name is Petro tu es Petrus (1917) {choir, org}
Four Seasons les saisons (1937) {vo, choir, orch}
Unknown A Legend of Lineage la legende du sang (1902)
Moor Night nuit mauresque (1907/1911?)


Aubert Disc Review


"Orchestral Works :
Cinéma / Feuille d'Images / Offrande / Dryade / Tombeau de Chateaubriand" (Marco Polo : 8.223531)

Leif Segerstam (cond) Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
This is currently the only available disc full of Aubert's works (at least, as orchestral works). His compositional diction is light and familiar, such that Rousel-like stir rhythms and light French esprit (which will be changed obtrusive one later by Milhaud or Ibert). Also you can easily find some impressionistic idiom in harmonic content such as 'cinema' (this resembles 'Daphnis et Chloe' in some sense). Basically, his orchestral compositions can be described that they stand for latter romantic idiom. You can point out many common in other reminiscential modernists such as Roger-Ducasse or Henri Rabaud. The title 'symphonic picture' also provides another evidence to tell this composer's musical favor. Yes, this genre was Massenet's home ground. He had large connection to fairly rhythmical, fairly exoteric, and comprehensive modernism.

"Sillages (Aubert) / Tombeau de Claude Debussy (Dukas; Roussell; Malipiero; Goossens; Bartok; Schmitt) / Tombeau de Paul Dukas (Schmitt) / Clairs de Lune (Decaux)" (3D : 3D 8005)
Marie-Catherine Girod (piano)
Even Ms.Girod fulfils her role as 'Jeanne d'arc' for modern composers, this should be one of the most maniac one of her discography. This CD including the works of Aubert (only we can find his name in Marco-Polo!) or Decaux (he is a bit known composer by just one work!!) clearly demonstrates her wealthy musical understanding and spirit of inquiry. As for the work 'Sillages', is rarely be found in other CDs, but the matter is fantastic. Any modern music lover will think it deserves to be known further. In some sense. Although you will be find some common to Schuman, Liszt or Chopin, he uses more of broken chords and non-functional harmonies which demonstrates he is better be understood as an impressionist. If you love former Debussy's former piano works or Gabriel Dupon's piano works, you will love this CD. I do not exactly whether there is alternation or not, but I am sure you can not find any other recordings consist of more fascinating selection.

(Japanese edith: 2002. 12 22 / English trans: 2003. 5. 8)