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Jean Françaix
“My music exists to give pleasure” The son of the former director of the Conservatory of Le Mans, Jean Françaix (1912-1997) was a prodigious musical talent. He received his early musical instructions from his father and composed his first piano
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Exotic Dancing with Jean Françaix
When Francis Poulenc described the musical scene in wartime Paris to musicologist André Schaeffner, he singled out two composers who took notice of modern trends. One was unsurprisingly Olivier Messiaen, who was forging ahead with a “synthetic modal techniques within
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Painted and Musical Portraits of Children
Auguste Renoir and Jean Françaix
Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) started his career as a porcelain painter. However, the young man had clearly grander ambitions, and he soon found himself in the company of the academic artist Charles Gleyre, Claude Monet, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley. The
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Jean Françaix: A Funky Promenade of Musical Styles
Jean Françaix (1912-1997) was a prodigious musical talent. He received his first lessons in harmony and counterpoint from Nadia Boulanger at the age of 10! Maurice Ravel was mightily impressed, and wrote to Jean’s father, “Among the child’s gifts I
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Françaix: Symphony in G major
Premiered Today in 1953
“I wish to be honest,” wrote Jean Françaix (1912-1997), “When I am composing, the finest theories are the last things that come to mind. My interest is not primarily attracted by the motorways of thought, but more the paths through
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FRANÇAIX, J.: Clarinet Music
Clarinet Concerto I. Allegro From FRANÇAIX, J.: Clarinet Music (2016) Released by Paladino Music Françaix: Clarinet Concerto – I. AllegroJean René Désiré Françaix was a French neoclassical composer, pianist, and orchestrator, known for his prolific output and vibrant style. Françaix’s
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Bassoon Recital: Zdybel, Katarzyna
Jean Francaix: Divertissement for Bassoon and Strings – I. Vivace From Bassoon Recital: Zdybel, Katarzyna (2013) Released by CD Accord / Naxos Jean Francaix: Divertissement for Bassoon and Strings – I. VivaceAlthough many composers value the bassoon’s melodiousness and its
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