Pierre Monteux

Biography

Born: April 4, 1875; Paris, France   Died: July 1, 1964; Hancock, ME  
Pierre Monteux had one of the longest musical careers in memory, exceeded perhaps only by Pablo Casals and Leopold Stokowski. He retained a youthful appearance (and a full head of black hair!) well into old age, and he was well loved by colleagues and audiences alike.

He started violin studies at the age of six and then entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 9. He made his conducting debut in Paris at the age of 12. He was a
Read more co-winner of the first prize for violin in 1896, with the great violinist Jacques Thibaud. He served as principal violist in the Opera-Comique, and was also assistant conductor and concertmaster of the Concerts Colonne.

In 1894 he joined the Quatuor Geloso as a violist and was priviledged to participate in the performance of a Brahms quartet in the composer's presence. In 1908 he became conductor of the Orchestre du Casino in Dieppe and in 1911 founded a series called the Concerts Berlioz. In the same year, he began a historic association when he was hired by Diaghilev to conduct his Ballets Russes. He led the premieres of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe, Debussy's Jeux, and Stravinsky's Petrushka and Rite of Spring, the last of which caused a notorious audience riot.

In 1914, when war broke out, he was called to military service. He received a discharge in 1916 and travelled to the United States, where he obtained a conducting post at the Metropolitan Opera that lasted until 1919. At that point he was engaged to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Taking up the post in 1920, he walked into a labor dispute, with his musicians on strike; by the time the strike was settled, the concertmaster and 30 other musicians had left. Monteux had to rebuild the orchestra -- a difficult task, but an opportunity for Monteux to mold the orchestra according to his own taste; ever since then, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has been known for its French sound and its expertise in French and Russian repertoire. He remained in Boston through 1924, gaining a reputation as a supporter of modern music. He brought to America not only Stravinsky and the French composers, but such others as Respighi, Vaughan Williams, and Honegger.

In 1924 he began a ten year association with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He was a good fit with the orchestra's other conductor, Willem Mengelberg, who had a Romantic-era style, and who specialized in traditional repertoire and Dutch composers. In addition, Monteux founded the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris in 1929, and the Ecole Monteaux, a coaching school for young conductors in 1932.

In 1936 he returned to the United States as conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, staying in that position through the 1952 season. During World War II he obtained American citizenship and transferred his Ecole Monteux to his new hometown of Hancock, Maine, where Erich Kunzel, Neville Marriner, and André Previn were among his students. He guest conducted and recorded extensively, and in 1961, at the age of eighty-six, accepted the musical directorship of the London Symphony Orchestra.

RCA Victor recorded him extensively in stereo, not only in Debussy, Ravel, Milhaud, Stravinsky, and the like, but also in Beethoven and Brahms; Monteux was especially noted for his performances of these composers' music, to which he brought an unusual charm and lyrical quality.

He strove for transparency of sound, precision, light and springy rhythms, and that elegance that seems particularly associated with French music. Read less

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Biography

Born: April 4, 1875; Paris, France   Died: July 1, 1964; Hancock, ME  
Pierre Monteux had one of the longest musical careers in memory, exceeded perhaps only by Pablo Casals and Leopold Stokowski. He retained a youthful appearance (and a full head of black hair!) well into old age, and he was well loved by colleagues and audiences alike.

He started violin studies at the age of six and then entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 9. He made his conducting debut in Paris at the age of 12. He was a
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Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Harbingers of Spring (Dances of the Adolescents)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elder
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (Wise Elder)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction (Pagan Night)
Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Choosen One
Part II: The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancients
Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancients
Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (Chosen One)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part One: The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction
Auguries of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Mock Abduction
Spring Khorovod (Round Dance)
Games of the Rival Clans
Procession of the Wise Elder
Adoration of the Earth (The Wise Elder)
Dance of the Earth
Part Two: The Sacrifice - Introduction
Mystical Circles of the Young Girls
Glorification of the Chosen One
The Summoning of the Ancients
Ritual of the Ancients
Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim)
The Rite of Spring: Part I: Introduction
Part I: Dance of the Young Boys and Girls
Part I: Mock Abduction
Part I: Spring Rounds
Part I: Games of the Rival Towns
Part I: Procession of the Wise Elders
Part I: Adoration of the Earth
Part I: Dance of the Earth
Part II: Introduction
Part II: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: Glorification of the Chosen One
Part II: Summoning of the Ancients
Part II: Ritual of the Ancients
Part II: Sacrificial Dance
Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Harbingers of Spring (Dances of the Adolescents)
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elder
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (Wise Elder)
Le sacre du printemps: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Introduction (Pagan Night)
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Choosen One
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancients
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancients
Le sacre du printemps: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (Chosen One)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Part One: The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction
Auguries of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Mock Abduction
Spring Khorovod (Round Dance)
Games of the Rival Clans
Procession of the Wise Elder
Adoration of the Earth (The Wise Elder)
Dance of the Earth
Part Two: The Sacrifice - Introduction
Mystical Circles of the Young Girls
Glorification of the Chosen One
The Summoning of the Ancients
Ritual of the Ancients
Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim)
The Rite of Spring: Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Introduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Harbingers of Spring (Dances of the Young Girls)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Mock Abduction
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Spring Khorovod (Round Dances)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elder
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (Wise Elder)
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction
Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen Victim
Part II: The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancestors
Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancestors
Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (Chosen One)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Introduction (1947 version)
Danses des adolescentes (1947 version)
Jeu du rapt (1947 version)
Rondes printanieres (1947 version)
Jeux des cites rivales (1947 version)
Cortege du sage (1947 version)
L'Adoration de la terre (1947 version)
Danse de la terre (1947 version)
Introduction (1947 version)
Cercles mysterieux des adolescentes (1947 version)
Glorification de l'Elue (1947 version)
Evocation des ancetres (1947 version)
Action rituelle des ancetres (1947 version)
Danse sacrale - L'Elue (1947 version)
The Rite of Spring (Scenes of Pagan Russia in two parts): Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Introduction. Lento
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Mock Abduction
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Spring Round Dances
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Games of the Rival Tribes
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Wise Elders
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Adoration of the Earth (Wise Elder)
Part One - Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Introduction. Largo
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Mystical Circles of the Young Girls
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen Victim
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Summoning of the Ancestors
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Ritual of the Ancestors
Part Two - The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen Victim)
The Rite of Spring: Part One: The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction
The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls
Ritual of Abduction
Spring Rounds
Ritual of the Rival Tribes
Procession of the Sage
The Sage
Dance of the Earth
Part Two: The Sacrifice - Introduction
Mystic Cycle of the Young Girls
Glorification of the Chosen One
Evocation of the Ancestors
Ritual Action of the Ancestors
Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)
Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Première partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Introduction
Première partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Les augures printaniers, Danses des adolescentes (The Augurs of Spring, Dances of the Young Girls)
Première partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Jeu du rapt (Ritual of Abduction)
Première partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Rondes printanières (Spring Rounds)
Première partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Jeux des cités rivales (Ritual of the Rival Tribes)
Première partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Cortège du sage (Procession of the Sage)
Première partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Le sage (The Sage)
Première partie: L'adoration de la terre (Part I: Adoration of the Earth): Danse de la terre (Dance of the Earth)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Introduction
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Cercles mysterieux des adolescentes (Mystic Circles of the Young Girls)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Glorification de l'élue (Glorification of the Chosen One)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Evocation des ancêtres (Evocation of the Ancestors)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Action rituelle des ancêtres (Ritual Action of the Ancestors)
Seconde partie: Le sacrifice (Part II: The Sacrifice): Danse sacrale, L'élue (Sacrificial Dance, The Chosen One)
Prologue: Glou, glou, glou!
Le conseiller Lindorf, morbleu! - Dans les rôles d'amoureux langoureux
Deux heures devant moi - Drig, drig, drig, maître Luther
Vive Dieu! Mes amis, la belle créature!
Va pour Kleinzach! - Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach!
Peuh! Cette bière est détestable!
Je vous dis, moi, qu'un malheur me menace
Act I (Olympia): Entr'acte
Là, dors en paix
Allons! Courage et confiance - Ah! Vivre deux!
Par Dieu! - Une poupée aux yeux d'émail
C'est moi, Coppélius - J'ai des yeux, de vrais yeux
Dis-tu vrai?
Non aucun hôte vraiment
Les oiseaux dans la charmille
Ah, mon ami! Quel accent!
Ils se sont éloignés enfin!
Tu me fuis?
Voici les valseurs! - Assez, assez, ma fille!
Mon enfant! Ma fille! Antonia!
Intermède
Epilogue: Entr'acte - Voilà quelle fut l'histoire - Luther est un brave homme
Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (2007 - Remaster): I. Vivace
Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (2007 - Remaster): II. Largo ma non tanto
Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (2007 - Remaster): III. Allegro
Variation 10: Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny)
Variation 11: G. R. S. (George Robertson Sinclair)
Variation 12: B. G. N. (Basil G. Nevinson) -
Variation 13: Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon) -
Variation 14: Finale: E. D. U. (The Composer)
Hall ambiance
I. Miniature Overture: Allegro giusto
II. Danses carateristiques: March
II. Danses carateristiques: Dance of the Sugar-plum Fairy
II. Danses carateristiques: Russian Dance, "Trepak"
II. Danses carateristiques: Arab Dance
II. Danses carateristiques: Chinese Dance
II. Danses carateristiques: Dance of the Reeds
III. Waltz of the Flowers
Le carnaval romain, Op. 9
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Menuetto - Trio
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Largo
III. Menuetto - Trio: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto
III. Con moto moderato
IV. Saltarello: Presto
I. Lento - Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro non troppo
I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
III. Scherzo: Lebhaft
IV. Langsam - Lebhaft
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Molto Allegro
1. Ouverture
2. Rondeau
3. Sarabande
4. Bourrée I-II
5. Polonaise
6. Menuet
7. Badinerie
1. Allegro aperto
2. Andante ma non troppo
3. Allegro
1. Adagio - Presto
2. Andante
3. Menuet (Allegretto) - Trio
4. Finale (Vivace)
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
3. Allegretto grazioso ( Quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai
4. Allegro con spirito
1. Gigues
1. Par les rues et par les chemins
2. Les parfums de la nuit
3. Le matin d'un jour de fête
3. Rondes de printemps
Introduction
Dance of the Firebird
Round Dance of the Princesses
Infernal Dance of King Kaschei
Berceuse
Finale
Prélude
Danse du rouet et scène - Interlude
Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Interlude
Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Interlude
Petit Poucet
Interlude
Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
Interlude
Apothéose: Le jardin féerique
1. Allegretto - Poco allegro - Tranquillo, ma poco a poco ravvivando il tempo al allegro
2. Tempo andante, ma rubato - Andante sostenuto
3. Vivacissimo - Lento e suave - Largamente
4. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Theme (Andante)
1. C.A.E. (L'istesso tempo)
2. H.D.S.-P. (Allegro)
3. R.B.T. (Allegretto)
4. W.M.B. (Allegro di molto)
5. R.P.A. (Moderato)
6. Ysobel (Andantino)
7. Troyte (Presto)
8. W.N. (Allegretto)
9. Nimrod (Adagio)
10. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Allegretto)
11. G.R.S. (Allegro di molto)
12. B.G.N. (Andante)
13. Romanza *** (Moderato)
14. Finale: E.D.U. (Allegro - Presto)
The Shrovetide Fair
In Petrushka's Room
In the Moor's Room
The Shrovetide Fair (evening)
1. Introduction
2. Les augures printaniers - Danse des adolescents
3. Jeu de rapt
4. Rondes printanières
5. Jeux des cités
6. Cortège du sage - Le sage
7. Danse de la terre
1. Introduction
2. Cercles mysteriéux des adolescentes
3. Glorification d'élue
4. Evocation des ancêtres
5. Action rituelle des ancêtres
6. Danse sacrale: l'élue
Tableau 1: Russian Dance
Tableau 2: 's Room
Tableau 3: The Moor's Room - Dance of the Ballerina - Waltz
Tableau 4: The Shrovetide Fair - Dance of the Nursemaids
Part I
Part II
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile
IV. Finale: Presto - Allegro assai
I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Gavotte: Non troppo allegro
IV. Finale: Molto vivace
I. Allegro aperto
II. Adagio
III. Tempo di menuetto
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Einleitung und Rondo
II. Marsch und Pastorale
III. Passacaglia
No. 1. Gigues
No. 2. Iberia: a. Par les rues et par les chemins -
No. 2. Iberia: b. Les parfums de la nuit -
No. 2. Iberia: c. Le matin d'un jour de fete
No. 3. Rondes de printemps
No. 1. Asie
No. 2. La flute enchantee
No. 3. L'indifferent
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto, assai meno presto
IV. Allegro con brio
I. Andante - Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza
III. Valse: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
I. Lento
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro non troppo
Introduction et danse religieuse
Scène - Danse générale
Danse grotesque de Dorcon - Scène
Danse légère et gracieuse de Daphnis
Scène - Danse de Lyceion - Scène (Les pirates)
Scène - Danse lente et mystérieuse
Introduction
Danse guerrière
Scène - Danse suppliante de Chloé
Lever du jour - Scène
Daphnis et Chloé miment l'aventure de Pan et Syrinx
Danse générale
1. Prélude à la nuit
2. Malagueña
3. Habanera
4. Feria
I. Lento - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Finale - Allegro non troppo
Pétrouchka: Scene I: The Shrovetide Fair: Vivace
Scene I: The Shrovetide Fair: The Magic Trick
Scene I: The Shrovetide Fair: Russian Dance
Scene II: Pétrouchka's Room
Scene III: The Moor's Room: Feroce stringendo
Scene III: The Moor's Room: Dance of the Ballerina
Scene III: The Moor's Room: Valse
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Con moto
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Wet Nurses' Dance
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Peasant with Bear
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Gypsies
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Dance of the Coachmen
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Masqueraders
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Scuffle
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Death of Pétrouchka
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Pétrouchka's Ghost
Scene I: The Shrove-Tide Fair: Vivace
Scene I: The Shrove-Tide Fair: The Magic Trick
Scene I: The Shrove-Tide Fair: Russian Dance
Scene I: The Shrove-Tide Fair: Scene II Petrushka's Room
Scene III: The Moor's Room: Feroce stringendo
Scene III: The Moor's Room: Dance of the Ballerina
Scene III: The Moor's Room: Valse
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Con moto
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Wet-Nurses' Dance
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Peasant with Bear
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Gypsies
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Dance of the Coachmen
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Masqueraders
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Scuffle
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Death of Petrushka
Scene IV: The Fair Toward Evening: Petrushka's Ghost
The Rite of Spring: Part I: Introduction
Part I: Dance of the Young Boys and Girls
Part I: Mock Abduction
Part I: Spring Rounds
Part I: Games of the Rival Towns
Part I: Procession of the Wise Elders
Part I: Adoration of the Earth
Part I: Dance of the Earth
Part II: Introduction
Part II: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
Part II: Glorification of the Chosen One
Part II: Summoning of the Ancients
Part II: Ritual of the Ancients
Part II: Sacrificial Dance
1. Maestoso - Poco più moderato
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio - Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro)
Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro molto


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