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Paul Ladmirault (1877-1944)

A French composer. Full name is Paul Emile Ladmirault. He was born in Nante on 8th of December 1877. He initially entered at Nantes Conservatory and obtained the first prize in harmony class when he was 16 years old. He subsequently entered Paris Conservatory and studied contrepunt and fugue (under A. Gédalge) in 1895. He also entered Gabriel Fauré's class in 1897 until 1904. Then he also obtained the first first prize in harmony class. Although he had tried Roman Prize for two times in vein, his mastery of composition was highly evaluated by his teacher Fauré and his senior colleagues such as Ravel or Debussy. Above all, Debussy admired him greatly and it made him to become a member of Société Nationale de Musique. When the first world war came out, he became a soldier and went frontlines for 4 and half years. After the war, he moved out from Paris to Carmoël in Molivia region, and became a professor of harmony, contrepunt, and composition of Nante Conservatory in 1920. Around that era, he was also active as a critic on Chantecler journal. His compositional diction can be described as a typical 'modest post-romantists' such as Le Flem or Guy Ropartz, and strongly influenced by the domestic melodies of his native region, Bretany, although with adoption of modern (somewhat impressionistic) harmonization technique. In his laterlife, it became harder for him to compose music because his right arm became handicapped. He died at Carmoël on 30th of October in 1944. Related internet source - Le Amis de Paul Ladmirault - Admin. by Paul ladmirault, his grandson. In French (K.S. ©2003)


Main Works

Stage Works Gilles de Rais Gilles de Retz (1892)...Gille de Rais is a person who was a supporter of Jeanne d'arc, and the model of 'blue mustache'.
Myrdhin (1905?)
Ballet: Princess of Korydwenn la prretresse de Korydwenn (1917)
Incidental Tristan and Yseult Tristan et Yseult (1927?)
Orchestral Bretany Suite suite Bretonne (1905) <2p/orch>...some materials insist the date is in 1903
Variations by the Airs of Biniou variations sur des airs de Biniou (1906) <2p/orch>
Gaeric Rhapsody rhapsodie gaélique (1909) <2p/orch>
Symphonic Poem 'In the Forest' en forêt (1913)
A Story of Tristan le roman de Tristan (1913)
Symphonic Poem 'La Brière' la brière (1925)...6 extracted suite from a movie score in the same title with attachment of coda.
Symphony in C symphonie en Ut (1926)
Scottish Song chanson écossaise (-)
The Desert Lands les sablaises (-) <winds>
Concerto Tragic Waltz valse triste (1901) <2p/p, orch>
Wedding Ceremony épousailles (-) <p, orch>
Chamber Violin Sonata sonate pour violon et piano (1931) <vln, p>
String Quartet quatuor à cordes (1933) <2vln, vla, vc>
Piano Trio trio (1933) <p, vln, vc>
Piano Quintet quintette (1933) <p, 2vln, vla, vc>
Choral and Variations choral et variations (1936) <p, 5winds>
Cello Sonata sonate pour violoncelle et piano (1939) <vc, p>
Clarinet Sonata sonate pour clarinette et piano (1942) <cl, p>
Piano In this Evening, toward the Church.. vers l' église dans le soir (1902)...re-united as a movement of 'four sketches'
Melancholic Waltz valse mélancolique (1902)...re-united as a movement of 'four sketches'
Midnight on a Field in a Forest minuit dans les clairières (1902)...re-united as a movement of 'four sketches'
Music in Country Taste musiques rustiques (1909) <2p>
Memolies of an Donkey les mémoires d'un âne (1932)
Two Bretany Dances deux danses Bretonnes (1944)
impromptu (-)
regrets (-)
Jokes plaisanterie (-)
Fantastic Waltz valse fantastique (-)...some material claims the title is 'valse fantasque'.
Hollow Road chemin creux (-) <p/orch>...re-united as a movement of 'four sketches'
dan Lullaby (-) <2p>
A Lovely Waltz valse mignonne (-) <2p>
Choral A Song of Lives in a Forest le chant des âmes de la forêt (-) <choir, orch>
Short Missa messe brève (-) <choir, org>
Dispatch Rider plantons le may (-) <4vo>
Fugue by a Song 'From Clos to Wine' fugue sur la vigne au vin (-) <4vo>
A White Hen la poule blanche (-) <4vo>
A Charcoal Burner le charbonnier (-) <4vo>
April avril (-) <4vo>
I Wake Up In the Morning je me levay par matin (-) <4vo>
When May Comes voici le mai (-) <4vo>
In Paradise en paradis (-) <4vo>
la violette (-) <4vo>
Ten Scottish Songs 10 chansons écossaises (-) <4vo, p>
the miller's song (-) <4vo, p>
Old Songs-extraits of Bretany quelques vieux cantiques bretons กส-กห <4vo>
Ancient Christmans Song noëls anciens (-) <4vo>
Three Hymns trois hymnes (-) <4vo>
A Drummer in Provance Region le tambourinaire (-) <3vo>
Spring has Come Again revoici le printemps (-) <3vo>
Waking up Time of the Village le réveil du village (-) <3vo>
Spring Song chanson du printemps (-) <3vo>
Annäik (-) <3vo>
A Beautiful Blackhorn bel aubépin (-) <2vo>
Roséis (-) <2vo>
Lark l' alouette (-) <2vo>
Songs Fear to Love j'ai peur de t'aimer (-) <vo, p>
madrigal (-) <vo, p>
Sigh spleen (-) <vo, p>
Song lied (-) <vo, p>
Autumn Melodies mélodieux automne (-) <vo, p>
Lovesong brunelette (-) <vo, p>
la rose (-) <vo, p>
romance (-) <vo, p>
Congraturatings les béatitudes (-) <vo, p>
Holy Ghosts of Lands les gnomes (-) <vo, p>
Six Songs of Baïf six chansonnettes de Baïf (-) <vo, p>
Bretany and Vendée Songs chansons de Bretagne et de Vendée (-) <vo, p>
A Neglected Person la délaissée (-) <vo, p>
A Book for You le livre pour toi (-) <vo, p>
Triolet for Catherine triolets à Catherine (-) <vo, p>
Merlin in a Cradle Merlin au berceau (-) <vo, p>
Funeral Song for Merlin chant funèbre de Merlin (-) <vo, p>
Hymn for Saint Jean D'été hymne de la Saint Jean d' été (-) <vo, p>
Pray of Saint Maria prière a Notre Dame (-) <vo, vln, p>
ave Maria (-) <vo, vln, p>


Ladmirault Disc Review


"En Forêt / Valse Triste / Brocéliande au Matin / La Brière" (Pierre Verany : PV700021)
Stefan Sanderling (cond) Orchestre de Bretagne
This is the first major orchestral works of Ladmirault who can be found only by the discs issued from Skarbo label. Although you may lost curious of listenning this because of the less sophisticated cover design of sleevenotes (as you can see the left), I bet you will be amazed of his genious once you tried it. You will be easily recognized his way in coloration of strings is largely owing to his admiring senior colleague Debussy, especially in his 'nocturnes' and 'images pour orchestra' era (For instance, in the beginning of the disc at 2:22, you will be found the strings motif which is almost identical of Debussy's 'nuages'). Even so, his personal diction is more Bretany-based. Strongly Bretany-rooted modal phrases and harmonies with free key changes swim in the pond of latter romantic construction. They altogether sound closely alike those of Paul Le Flem. With the post-romantic sound, you can feel as if you are enjoying gentle breeze on a highland grass field in early summer. His steady attitude to understand and internalize the musical heritage in his homeland with developmental (re-interpretative) context is really admirable when we compare it with the other, pallarel musical (r)evolution in Paris scene. The other movement was exclusively developed by notes on the scores which were isolated from cultural context. The performers are also largely favorable. I am sure you know the name of the orchestra that can be found also on Le Flem and Ropartz discs. With inviting new director, they are declaring (by the sound) that they are still keeping around the highest quality among the French regional orchestras.

(2003. 12. 27 : English page uploaded)