Georges Auric

Biography

Born: February 15, 1899; Lodève, Hérault, France   Died: July 23, 1983; Paris, France  
More than the other members of the group of French composers known as Les Six, Georges Auric made his mark as a composer of incidental and dramatic music. His early encounter with ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev resulted in commissions for a number of dance scores. Among them were the slightly acerbic, mock-Romantic confections Les Fâcheux (1924) and Les Matelots (1925). The bulk of his ballet work, for Diaghilev and others, was produced Read more between 1924 and 1934, and then between 1949 and 1952. Auric was also an early specialist in music for movies, a pursuit that occupied him primarily between his two ballet phases. His first film score was for Jean Cocteau's notorious 1930 Surrealist opus Le Sang d'un poète, and his score for the 1932 film A nous la liberté also gained currency as a symphonic suite. Film fanciers will have certainly encountered Auric's scores for the 1949-1950 Cocteau creations Les parents terribles and Orphée. And his Moulin Rouge, music for the popular 1952 film about Toulouse-Lautrec, even produced a pop hit, "Where Is Your Heart?"

Born in 1899, Auric began his studies at the Montpellier Conservatory, then went on to the Paris Conservatory and the Schola Cantorum, where he studied with d'Indy and Roussel. By the time he was 16, he had written Gaspard et Zoé, music for a magic lantern show, as well as some 300 songs and piano pieces; at 18 came the ballet Les noces de Gamache. He turned to comic opera at 20, with La Reine de coeur, a work he later destroyed. As part of the disillusioned young generation that survived World War I, he joined the anti-Romantic movement that was forming around Satie and Cocteau. The ideal was the new, the innovative, the urban, the American (in the rather limited and romanticized French understanding of America), and Satie's concept of music as something that should produce "auditory pleasure without demanding disproportionate attention from the listener." Auric found himself lounging around Satie in the company of five other young composers: Poulenc, Milhaud, Honegger, Durey, and Tailleferre. The group was initially called "Les nouveaux jeunes"; in 1920, critic Henri Collet dubbed them Les Six, although each member followed a largely independent aesthetic path. Overall, there is much musical irony in Auric's works, in which popular tunes are combined with advanced harmony. Because his music is most easily described by what it is not -- not as lighthearted and tender as Poulenc's, not as dour as Honegger's, not as exuberant with polyrhythmy and polytonality as Milhaud's -- Auric, like Durey and Tailleferre, never gained the popularity and respect of his three more famous compatriots. Nevertheless, as critic Boris de Schloezer remarked in 1926, Auric's conscious, self-ironic efforts to create the impression of superficiality, may conceal a profound musical impulse. In fact, in 1930, the year he composed the score for Le sang de poète, Auric wrote his Sonata for piano in F, a serious, lyrically expressive work that may seem at odds with the composer's public image. In his later years, Auric assumed a number of administrative responsibilities. From 1962 to 1968, he was the general administrator of the Opéra and Opéra Comique in Paris. This was right in the middle of the his tenure, from 1954 to 1977, as president of the French Union of Composers and Authors. He also wrote music criticism for Marianne, Paris-Soir, and Nouvelles Littéraires. Auric died in 1983. Read less

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Georges Auric


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Generique (Main Title)
La Belle et Avenant (Beauty and Avenant)
Dans la foret (In the forest)
La salle des festins (The banquet hall)
Le vol d'une rose (The Theft of a Rose)
Retour du Marchand (The Merchant's return)
Depart de Belle (Beauty's departure)
Les couloirs mysterieux (Mysterious corridors)
Apparition de la Bete (Appearance of the Beast)
Dans la chambre a coucher (In the bedroom)
Le souper (The dinner)
Moments d'effroi (Frightful moments)
La farce du drapier (The burlesque of the draper)
Les entrentiens au parc (Conversations in the park)
La promesse (The promise)
La Bete jalouse (Beast's jealousy)
Desespoir d'amour (Love's despair)
Les cinq secrets (The five secrets)
L'attente (The waiting)
Proposition d'Avenant (Avenant's proposal)
Le miroir et le gant (The mirror and the glove)
Le pavillion de Diane (Diana's pavilion)
Prince Charmant (Prince Charming)
L'envolee (Flying upwards)
I. Decide
II. Romance
III. Final
WORKS
I. Main titles
II. At the Sphinx
III. The Battle
Main Title
Preparation
Burglary - The Loot
Settlong of Accounts
Main Title
Reveries
Mysteries
Subterfuges - Finale
I. Main Titles - The Robbery - The Cross of St. Augustine
II. Channel Crossing
III. Train Journey to Fleurancy
IV. End Titles
I. Main Titles and Opening Scene
II. Tommy and Rosie
III. Farewell and Getaway - Epilogue - End Titles
Generique (Main Title)
La Belle et Avenant (Beauty and Avenant)
Dans la foret (In the forest)
La salle des festins (The banquet hall)
Le vol d'une rose (The Theft of a Rose)
Retour du Marchand (The Merchant's return)
Depart de Belle (Beauty's departure)
Les couloirs mysterieux (Mysterious corridors)
Apparition de la Bete (Appearance of the Beast)
Dans la chambre a coucher (In the bedroom)
Le souper (The dinner)
Moments d'effroi (Frightful moments)
La farce du drapier (The burlesque of the draper)
Les entrentiens au parc (Conversations in the park)
La promesse (The promise)
La Bete jalouse (Beast's jealousy)
Desespoir d'amour (Love's despair)
Les cinq secrets (The five secrets)
L'attente (The waiting)
Proposition d'Avenant (Avenant's proposal)
Le miroir et le gant (The mirror and the glove)
Le pavillion de Diane (Diana's pavilion)
Prince Charmant (Prince Charming)
L'envolee (Flying upwards)
Prelude
I. Allegro commodo
II. Andantino con moto
III. Moderato
IV. -
V. Presto
VI. Allegro con brio
VII. -
VIII. Lento ma non troppo
IX. Presto subito
X. Tempo di valz, paisiblement
XI. Moderato
XII. Moderato
Main Title
Gertrude
Between Two Loves
Refusal and Hate
Despair - Gertrude's Suicide
Waltz
Tango
Main Title - The Circus
Lola's Childhood and Youth
Welcome Waltz
The Cossacks
From One Scandal to Another
Farewell Waltz I
Fandango
Minuet
Farewell Waltz II
Revolution in Munich
Epilogue
Overture
Chinoiserie
Gloomy Etude
Interlude
March and Finale
I. Main Titles
II. Polka
III. Waltz
IV. Quadrille
Main Title - Destiny
March of the Vagabonds
The Tryst - The Assassination Attempt
Flowers for Esmeralda
Quasimodo's Despair - The Cellar of Montfaucon - Finale
I. Titles
II. The Siege of Burgundy
III. Finale and End Titles
Main Title
Festival
Through mountains and gorges
The Bouquet
The wounded messenger
Conversation between Ruy Blas and the Queen
Ruy Blas' fortune
Love scene - Return of Don Cesar - Death of Don Guritan
The meeting in the park
The Queen's escape - Nocturnal Procession
The poison - Finale
I. O Willow Waly - Main Titles
II. Coachride and Arrival at Bly
I. Titles
II. The Robbery
III. The Eiffel Tower
IV. End Titles
I. Titles
II. The Triumph of the Thunderbolt
III. End Titles
Main Title
Meeting the bishop
Clemence and Henriette
On the fringes of the drama - The spirit of adventure
Across the dunes on motorbikes
Hell at Rheims - Finale
I. Decide
II. Romance
III. Final


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