Composer of 'C'

Pierre Capdevielle (1906-1969)

A French conductor and a composer. He was born in Paris on 1'st of February 1906. He entered the Paris Conservatory in 1924 where he have studied conterpoint and fugue with André Gédalge, composition with Paul Vidal, as well as piano with Isidor Phillip and Armand Ferté. Although he had mistakenly submitted a cantata (of which a intrumental music should had been submitted) to an exam of the institute and was requested to leave the conservatory in 1926, he continued his study under Vincent D'indy privately. He also came to have a close relationship with Maurice Emmanuel whom he have given many advices from then on. He was active as a critic in 1930s as a reviewer of Monde musicale and Revue musicale and also toured throughout regional cities as a operatic conductor. In 1942, he became a Membre des Jurys of the conservatory and held a chamber ensemble class as a lecturer there. He also became a director of the chamber music section of the French national broadcast in 1944 as well as toured throughout Europe with the national broadcast chamber ensemble of which he founded in 1952. He was very active in various field such that was appointed the chair of the France section of ISCM in 1948 as well as he founded the Centre de documentation de musique internationale and became the first chairman there in 1949. He was also once appointed a member of the music council of UNESCO. He was awarded the chevarier (fifth grade) of région d'honour prize in 1961. He died in Bordeaux on 9th of July 1969. (©K.S. 2006)

Main Works

Stage (incidental music, trans. unclear) les trachiniennes (1943-1944) {choir, brass, orch} ...Original text : Sophocles
Captured Lovers
les amants captifs (1947-1958) {2act} ...Text : P. Guth
A Daughter of the Man
fille de l'homme (1960-1966) {3act} ...Text : J. De Beer
Orchestral Incantation for a Dead Young Person from Sparta incantation pour la mort d'un jeune spartiate (1931)
Symphony No.1
symphonie No.1 (1934-1936)
Symphony No.2
symphonie No.2 (1942)
A Pedant Play
le pédant joue (1943)
The Paris in Silence
les silences de Paris (1947)
Symphony No.3 'Chamber Symphony'
symphonie No.3 'da camera' (1952-1953) {chamber}
For Symphonic Sketch 'The Lost Thing Found'
epaves retrouvées (1944-1955)
concerto del dispetto (1959) {p, orch}
Chamber Three Short Pieces trois pièces brèves (1929) {vln, p}
exorcisme (1936) {sax}
Chamber Sonata
sonata da camera (1941) {vln, vc}
Sonatina Pastorale
sonatina pastorale (1942) {fl, vla}
Sonata Concertante
sonate concertante (1963) {tb, p}
Vocal Two Moral Stories of Oscar Wilde deux apologues d'Oscar Wilde (1931-1932) {vo, orch}
Five Poemes of Jean Roman
cinq poèmes de Jean Roman (1936-1937) {vo, 2vln, vla, vc}
A Song of Alphesibe
le chant d'Alphésibée (1941) {vo, fl, hrp, vln, vla, vc} ...Text : Ronsard
The Tragedy of Peregrino
la tragédie de Pérégrinos (1941) {4vo, choir, orch} ...Text : C.Exbrayat
Cantata of Rediscovered France Cantate de la France retrouvée (1945) {tnr, m-choir, wind, hrp, p, perc}
The Island in Red
l'île rouge (1945-1946) {sop, alto, btn, choir, orch} ...Text : S.Moreux
The Profundis
de profundis (-) {tnr, org}

Capdevielle Disc Review

"L'Invitation au Voyage / LaVie Antérieure (Duparc) Chant d'Autumne / La Rançon / Hymne (Fauré) Harmonie du Soir (Bréville) Les Hiboux (Séverac) Le Chat (Sauguet) Je N'ai Pas Oubilié... (Capdevielle) L'Invitation au Voyage (Chabrier) Le Balcon / Harmonie du Soir / Le Jet d'eau / Recueillement / La Mort des Amants (Debussy)" (Harmonia Mundi : HMA 1951219)
Felicity Lott (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano)
Among the big name female vocalists, Lady Lott has around the best understanding of minor modern composers. This omnibus French vocal pieces on the Vaudelaire's text provides a good evidence of how rich her knowledge. INA published a CD on the choice of Verlaine poems. The present is a kind of such favor. Lott gave a very impressive voice proving her internationally acclaimed carrier. It is fortune to listen the rare composers' pieces with her tense and well-spread voice. As for Breville's seems not to contain so elavorate harmonies because it composed in relatively earlier in his carrier, the song still has a favorable atmosphere in its well-extended theme with a full of fine key-changes accompanied arpeggios. Also the Sauguet's is in a minute Debussian harmonies with simple theme. In addition of them, Capdevielle tune provides a climax of the present CD because of the rareness. Although the piano acompaniment is somewhat dull because it only gives a line of chords monotonously, it still a neat post romantic piece. Hard to believe that he was a conductor domain. It's a misfortune that there is almost no recordings for his works.

(2006. 5. 19)