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Author Topic: ÉMILE JAQUES-DALCROZE  (Read 498 times)
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« on: August 08, 2014, 12:30:12 am »

The music of Jaques-Dalcroze is certainly very little known, far too unknown. I remember taping Le Jeu du Feuilli from a the radio, somewhere in the early 80s. I'll check if the tape is still listenable.
He was born in Vienna but came at a young age to Genève, where he had his musical education. He later followed courses with Bruckner (in Vienna) and Delibes (in Paris). His works show that he was far more impressed by the latter one. He created a composing system called 'Eurithmics'.
He wrote more than 1200 songs!, what gave him the name the 'Swiss Schubert'
In 1896 one of his compositions became quite populair (probably the only one) in his native country with '13 Petites Variations sur 'La Suisse est Belle' based on an original swiss song in the german language 'Freut euch des Lebens'. It appeared in the Swiss Series on the Swedish Sterling label. (Sterling CDS-1057-2)(2003). Other works on this issue a Suite de Danse (c 1911), the Poème alpestres (1898) and the Suite de Ballet (taking from his comic opera Sancho (1897)

A second cd from the same series and label came a year later (Sterling CDS 1065-2) with more beautiful music: Two orchestral pieces from Janie (1894), "1914", Impressions tragiques (1914 or 15) and an orchestral suite 'Tableaux Romandes'.

Two nice Violin Concertos (no.1 & no.2) came on the Guild label (Guild GMCD 7336) in 2010. (maybe still available)
From his vocal works came a number on 2 cd's on the Gallo label (Gallo 1039 in 2000), and Gallo CD-1070) (2003).

From his chambre works Gallo  (Gallo 1040) brought a cd in 2000.

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