Jean-Pierre Rampal

Composers

Biography

Born: January 7, 1922; Marseille, France   Died: May 20, 2000; Paris, France  
Jean-Pierre Rampal was one of history's greatest flute players, and among the most recorded classical artists of all time. His father was the first flutist of the Marseilles Symphony Orchestra and was professor of flute at the Conservatory there. Although his father taught him to play the flute, he did not recommend a musical career for Jean-Pierre, who instead entered medical studies. He was in the third year of medical study when, in 1943, Read more German occupying forces drafted Rampal for service in the military. He learned that he was, in fact, to be sent to Germany as forced labor. So he went absent without leave and joined the underground, traveling to Paris and assuming a new identity. In Paris, he decided to attend the National Conservatory as a flute student. Five months later he graduated with first prize. Paris was liberated a few months later, and Rampal was appointed first flutist with the Paris Vichy Opéra.

In 1950 Rampal embarked on a touring career. His favored accompanist was Robert Veyron-Lacroix, who could play both piano and harpsichord. Veyron-Lacroix's expertise helped Rampal deepen his performances of music of the eighteenth century -- his favorite musical era -- by drawing on contemporary performance practices. He eschewed the vibrato and the generally romantic sound of most flute playing, and in so doing he strongly influenced flutists of subsequent generations. In 1956 he joined the orchestra of the Paris Opéra, remaining there through 1962. During this period he appeared frequently on the radio in Paris, gaining great popularity. He taught at the Paris Conservatory and gave master classes around the world.

Rampal was devoted to chamber music, founding the French Wind Quintet (Quintette à Vent Française) in 1945 and the Ensemble Baroque de Paris in 1953. He appeared with every major orchestra, gave recitals worldwide, and recorded prolifically, covering all of the standard flute repertoire and many new and unknown pieces. Several of his recordings have won the Grand Prix du Disques.

Even beyond these endeavors his musical interests were quite diverse: he also appeared on recordings of English folksong, American ragtime, European jazz, and Japanese, Chinese, and Indian classical music. Some of his recording partners were Mstislav Rostropovich, Claude Bolling, Ravi Shankar, and Isaac Stern. Numerous composers wrote works for him, including Francis Poulenc, Pierre Boulez, André Jolivet, and Jean Françaix. His Music, My Love: An Autobiography was published in 1989. Rampal received various honors, including elevation to the ranks of Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur (1996), Officier des Arts et Lettres (1971), Commandeur de l'Ordre National de Mérite. He also received the Prix du Président de la République, and the Prix du Académie Charles Cros. Read less

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Born: January 7, 1922; Marseille, France   Died: May 20, 2000; Paris, France  
Jean-Pierre Rampal was one of history's greatest flute players, and among the most recorded classical artists of all time. His father was the first flutist of the Marseilles Symphony Orchestra and was professor of flute at the Conservatory there. Although his father taught him to play the flute, he did not recommend a musical career for Jean-Pierre, who instead entered medical studies. He was in the third year of medical study when, in 1943, Read more
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LABEL
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 1. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 2. Affetuoso
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Grave
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Arioso
3. Presto
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Allegro risoluto
III. Moderato
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
V. Andante molto
VI. Allegro
Allegro con brio
Minuetto quasi Allegretto
Concerto for Flute and Strings in D Major, Hob.VIIf: D1: I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
Trio Sonata in A minor: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in G Major, RV 516: I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in B-flat Major, RV 524: I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Rossignol, mon mignon
Ciel, aer, et vens
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro poco moderato
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Concerto in G minor, Op. 8, No. 2 RV 315 "Summer": I. Allegro non molto- Languidezza per il caldo
II. Adagio- Mosche e mosconi
III. Presto- Tempo impetuoso d'estate
Concerto for Flute, Strings & B.C. in E minor, RV 430 "Darmstadt Concerto": I. {Allegro
II. Largo
III. Poco Allegro
Concerto for Flute, Strings & B.C. in D Major, RV 783: I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Concerto for Flute (Violin), Organ, Strings and B.C. in D minor, RV 541*: I. Allegro
II. Grave
III. {Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Finale. Vivace
London Trio No. 3 for two Flutes and Cello (Bassoon) in G Major, Hob. IV:3: I. Spiritoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Duet No. 4 for two Flutes (Arrangement of the String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5, Hob. III: 79): I. Allegretto
II. Largo cantabile e mesto
III. Menuetto - Trio
IV. Finale. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Concerto for Flute And Orchestra in F Major, Op. 10, No. 1, RV. 433, M. 454, F. VI, No. 12 "La tempesta di mare": I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Presto
Concerto for Flute, Strings And Basso Continuo in G minor, BWV 1056: I. ...
II. Largo
III. Presto
Concerto for Flute, Strings And Basso Continuo in C Major, BWV 1055: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro ma non tanto
Suite for Flute And Orchestra in A minor: Ouverture
Les Plaisirs
Air à l'Italien
Menuets I and II
Rejouissance
Passapieds I and II
Polonaise
Concerto for Flute And Orchestra, KV. 313 (285c) in G Major: I. Allegro maestoso
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Rondeau: Tempo di Menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Presto
Concerto for Flute, Harp And Orchestra, KV. 299, (297c) in C Major: I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Thema: Andante; (mit 6 Variationen)
III. Menuetto; Trio
IV. Adagio
V. Menuetto; Trio I; Trio II
VI. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Tempo di Menuetto; Vivace
Concerto for 2 Flutes and Orchestra in C Major, RV533: I. Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Affetuoso
3. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro ma non tanto
Concerto in G minor for Flute, Strings and Basso Continuo, BWV 1056: I. [ ]
II. Largo. III. Presto
I. Andante
II. Largo e dolce
III. Presto
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in C Major, BWV 1033: I. Andante - Presto
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Menuetto I - Menuetto II


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