Franck

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Père Franck
In 1843, César Franck began work on his first non-chamber work, the oratorio Ruth. The libretto by Alexandre Guillemin is inspired by the biblical “Book of Ruth” and arranged in the manner of an operatic text. In fact, the three-part
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A Revolutionary Union
César Franck and Eugénie-Félicité-Caroline Saillot-Desmousseaux
César Franck had a rather ambitious and overbearing father! Determined to make the most profitable use of his son’s musical talents, he forced him into a career as a virtuoso pianist. Studies at the Liège and Paris Conservatory set the
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Let’s be Franck!
César Franck’s reputation primarily rests on a few large-scale orchestral and instrumental works of his later years. Among his most respected and finest works is the Violin Sonata composed in 1886 as a wedding present for the Belgian violinist Eugène
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César Franck
Seraphic Father Belgian-born César Franck (1822-1890) lived and worked in Paris for most of his life. An imaginative and influential composer in the realms of symphonic, chamber, organ and piano music, Franck nevertheless remained an outsider in a city primarily
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Quintet of Discontent
César Franck and Augusta Holmès
César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor, M.7 (1879) The actress Madam Félicité Saillot Desmousseaux, better remembered as the dutiful wife of César Franck (1822-1890), greeted the arrival of her husband’s Piano Quintet in F minor with public condemnation, fiery
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