Florent Schmitt

Biography

Born: September 28, 1870; Blâmont, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France   Died: August 17, 1958; Neuilly-sur-Seine, France  
Schmitt was a prolific composer for all his long life -- notching 138 opus numbers, including every genre except for opera -- but the works he is remembered for were written in his youth. He was difficult to pigeonhole, and has been called everything from conservative to neo-Romantic to revolutionary. His music, characterized by rhythmic energy, refined orchestration, and tonal harmony, combines his admiration for impressionism and the beginning Read more of the reaction against it. It contains from echoes of Franck to anticipations of Stravinsky. Dutilleux wrote that Schmitt "gave back to the French school certain notions of grandeur."

Schmitt only got interested in music during his teenage years, and studied in Nancy and later in Paris with Massenet and Fauré. He won the Prix de Rome in his fifth attempt, aged 30. From Rome he sent his first masterpiece, the choral-orchestral Psalm 47 (1904). Three years later he wrote a ballet, later rearranged as symphonic poem, La tragédie de Salomé, whose violence was uncommon in French music and which became his most famous piece. He was a member of the Societé Musicale Indépendante in 1908, director of the Conservatoire de Lyon (1922-1924), and music critic for Le Temps (1929-1939). In 1932, he appeared as soloist in his Symphonie Concertante for piano and orchestra in Boston. In 1938 he was appointed President of the Societé Nationale de Musique. Other important works were his Piano Quintet (1908), a string quartet, the Sonata Libre en deux parts enchainées for violin and piano, and two symphonies, the last of which was premiered only two months before his death. Read less
Florent Schmitt: Sonate Libre
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573169   Number of Discs: 1
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Florent Schmitt: Piano Quintet, A Tour D'anches / Berlin Soloists
Release Date: 04/26/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570489   Number of Discs: 1
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Schmitt: La Tragedie De Salome, Ombres, Mirages / Vincent Larderet
Release Date: 02/22/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572194   Number of Discs: 1
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Schmitt: La Tragedie De Salome, Le Palais Hante, Psaume 47 / Tortelier, Bullock, São Paulo Symphony
Release Date: 06/28/2011   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5090   Number of Discs: 1
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Florent Schmitt


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Exorde
II. Zelie-au-pied-leger
III. Demi-soupir
IV. Bouree-bourrasque
I. Et Pan, au fond des bles lunaires, s'accouda
II. La Tragique Chevauchee
Gloire au Seigneur!
Parce que le Seigneur est tres eleve...
Il a choisi dans son heritage la beaute de Jacob...
Dieu est monte au milieu des chants de joie!
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Assez animé
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Assez vif
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Trés lente
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Animé
I. Sans hate
II. Anime
III. Sans lenteur
IV. Vif
I. La noce des souris
II. Le cigogne lasse
III. Le cheval de Ferme-l'oeil
IV. Le mariage de la poupee Berthe
V. La ronde des lettres boiteuses
VI. La promenade a travers le tableau
VII. Le parapluie chinois
WORKS
I. De choeur
II. De troupe
III. Gate
IV. Turbulent
V. Do
VI. Moustique
VII. Moise - sauve des eaux
VIII. Terrible
I. Exorde
II. Zelie-au-pied-leger
III. Demi-soupir
IV. Bouree-bourrasque
I. Et Pan, au fond des bles lunaires, s'accouda
II. La Tragique Chevauchee
I. J'entends dans le lointain
II. Mauresque
III. Cette ombre, mon image
Gloire au Seigneur!
Parce que le Seigneur est tres eleve...
Il a choisi dans son heritage la beaute de Jacob...
Dieu est monte au milieu des chants de joie!
I. Lent et grave - Anime
II. Lent
III. Anime
No. 1. En Revant
No. 2. Spleen
No. 3. Gaiety
No. 4. Apres l'ete
No. 5. Parfum exotique
No. 6. Sur l'onde
No. 7. Un soir
No. 8. Epilogue
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Assez animé
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Assez vif
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Trés lente
Sonatine en trio, Op.85 (1935): Animé
I. Sans hate
II. Anime
III. Sans lenteur
IV. Vif
I. Assez anime
II. Lent
III. Anime
I. La noce des souris
II. Le cigogne lasse
III. Le cheval de Ferme-l'oeil
IV. Le mariage de la poupee Berthe
V. La ronde des lettres boiteuses
VI. La promenade a travers le tableau
VII. Le parapluie chinois


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