Composer of 'H'



Jean Hubeau (1917-1992)

A French educator, composer as well as a prestigious pianist in the former half of 20th century. He was born in Paris on 22th of July 1917. He entered Paris conservatory when he was nine years old, at the concervatory, he studied composition under Paul Dukas, piano under Lazare Lévy, harmony under Jean Gallon, and counterpoint under Noël Gallon and received premier prix at the piano class in 1930. In 1934, he obtained the second prize of Prix de Rome with his cantata 'la légende de Roukmani' (The first prize of the year was awarded to Eugène Bozza). He also received Louis Diémer Prize in the following year. Later on he also studied conducting under Félix Weingartner in Vienna. In 1942, when Claude Delvincourt was assumed the head of Paris Conservatory, Hubeau succeeded Delvincout's previous post of the head of the Academy of Music in Versaille. In addition, he took up the post of the professor of chamber music of Paris Conservatory from 1957 to 1982 where he has cultivated many pupils such as Jacques Rouvier (piano) and Olivier Charlier (violin) Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello). He was also active as a highly renowned pianist. Above all, his recordings of Faure, Schumann, Dukas are widely known as one of the best recordings for each. However, his ability as a composer is still being underhanded. He died in Paris on 19th of August 1992. (2004-2005 ©K.S.)


Main Works

Ballet Three Fables of La Fontaine trois fables de la Fontaine (-)
Engagement with the Davil la fiancée du diable (-)
Color of the Diamond or Princess un coeur de diamant ou l'infante (-)
Cantata The Legend of Roukmani la légende de Roukmani (1934)
Concerto Violin Concerto concerto pour violon et orchestre (1939) {vln, orch (p)}
Cello Concerto in A Minor concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre en la mineur (-) {vc, orch (orch)}
Chamber Trumpet Sonata sonate pour trompette chromatique et piano (1943) {tp, p}
Violin Sonata sonate pour violon et piano (-) {vln, p}
Sonata Caprice sonate caprice (-) {2vln}
Sonatine Humoresque sonatine humoresque (-) {fl (hrn), p}
Tender Aria and Variation air tendre et varié (-) {cl, p}
Idyll idylle (-) {fl, p}
Piano Heroic Concerto concerto héroïque (-)
Variations variations (-)
American Song chanson Américaine (-) ... written in Ragtime manner
Songs Four Songs quatre chansons (-)


Hubeau Disk Review


"Alla Francese :
Sonate (Poulenc) / Cavatine (San-Saëns) / Villanelle (Dukas) / Impromptu (Ibert) / Choral, Cadence et Fugato (Dutilleux) / Divertimento (Françaix) / Sonate (Hubeau) / Recreation (Gabaye)" (Pierre Verany - Victor : VICC 23005)

Thierry Caens (tp) André Cazalet (hrn) Michel Becquet (tb) Yves Henry (p)
With taking advantage of their name value, the performers demonstrate the detached attitude both to the buyers and to the label. Once you see the playlist, you will immediately understand what I meant. Needless to say, that attitude is not a simple brute courage but is carefully backed by their wealthy understandings and knowledge of modern classical music, such that they shed new light on Hubeau. The selected works are also not just rare works, but underevaluating pieces which should be known better. The trumpetter, Caens is a director of The French Brass Ensemble. The other parties are renowned solo players of the top french orchestras. The fact clearly tells that the recording is also skillfully performed. As for the Hubeau pieces, which can be characterized as the satirical sound-drawing painted in early-days Debussian harmonic color with more explicit, neo-classical rhythmic content (which is obvious in the use of ragtime-like regular rhythm of the 3rd movement). The pieces sound like the images (of golden fish which Debussy once had inspired) retouched in Hollywood manner. Very open, easygoing brushwork ironically reflects that 'exotic charm' for every French of the era became skipping from suggestive orient culture to kitsch amusement culture from New Continent.

(2004. 8. 15 uploaded)