Roger Desormière

Biography

Born: September 13, 1898; Vichy, France   Died: October 25, 1963; Paris, France  
Roger Desormière was one of the most important French conductors of the second quarter of the twentieth century.

He was a Paris Conservatoire student of the composer Koechlin. After graduation he played flute in Paris orchestras, and make he debut as a conductor in 1921 at the Concerts Pleyel. He conducted the Ballets Suedois (Swedish Ballet) during the 1924 - 1925 season. (Despite its name, it was a Paris-based group). In 1925 he was
Read more hired as a conductor for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1925. As such he traveled with the company to major centers such as London, Milan, and Vienna.

Diaghilev's death in 1929 resulted in the disbanding of the company. After that he frequently guest conducted, and gained a reputation primarily in contemporary music and Baroque repertory. He began to edit and publish music of Baroque composers such as Lalande and Rameau, and released collections of Renaissance music.

In 1937 he became a resident conductor of the Paris Opéra-Comique. In 1944 he was appointed director of that company, and in 1945 added the position as assistant director of the Opéra de Paris to his activities. He was especially associated with Debussy's opera, Pelléas et Mélisande . He became associated with the most progressive music of the French post-war scene, conducted music of Messiaen, and premiered Pierre Boulez's Le soleil des eaux in 1950. But he also organized concerts of Baroque music at Versailles, and also composed film music.

His musical career came to a premature ending after 1950, when he was struck with aphasia and other nervous disorders. Read less

Biography

Born: September 13, 1898; Vichy, France   Died: October 25, 1963; Paris, France  
Roger Desormière was one of the most important French conductors of the second quarter of the twentieth century.

He was a Paris Conservatoire student of the composer Koechlin. After graduation he played flute in Paris orchestras, and make he debut as a conductor in 1921 at the Concerts Pleyel. He conducted the Ballets Suedois (Swedish Ballet) during the 1924 - 1925 season. (Despite its name, it was a Paris-based group). In 1925 he was
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Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene One: Introduction
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene One: Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette forêt (Golaud/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene One: Qu'est-ce qui brille ainsi, au fond de l'eau? (Golaud/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene One: Interlude
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Voici ce qu'il écrit à son frère Pelléas: un soir, je l'ai trouvée (Geneviève)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Je n'en dis rien (Arkel/Geneviève)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Grand-père, j'ai reçu en même temps que la lettre de mon frère (Pelléas/Arkel/Geneviève)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Interlude
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Il fait sombre dans les jardins (Mélisande/Geneviève/Pelléas)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Hoé! Hisse hoé! Hoé! Hoé! (Choer/Mélisande/Pelléas/Geneviève)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Vous ne savez pas où je vous ai menée? (Pelléas/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: C'est au bord d'une fontaine aussi qu'l vous a trouvée? (Pelléas/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Interlude
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Ah! Ah! Tout va bien, cela ne sera rien (Golaud/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Je suis....je suis malade ici (Mélisande/Golaud)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Il est vrai que (Golaud/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Tiens, où est l'anneau que je t'avais donné? (Golaud/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Interlude
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Three: Oui, c'est ici, nous y sommes (Pelléas/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene One: Mes longs cheveux descendent (Mélisande/Pelléas)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene One: Oh! Oh! Mes cheveux descendent de la tour! (Mélisande/Pelléas)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene One: Je les noue, je les noue aux branches du saule (Pelléas/Mélisande/Golaud)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene One: Interlude
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene Two: Prenez garde; par ici, par ici (Golaud/Pelléas)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene Two: Interlude
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene Three: Ah! Je respire enfin! (Pelléas/Golaud)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene Three: A propos de Mélisande (Pelléas/Golaud)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene Three: Interlude
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene Four: Viens, nous allons nous asseoir ici, Yniold (Golaud/Yniold)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act III, Scene Four: Ah! Ah! Petite mère a allumé sa lampe (Yniold/Golaud)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act IV, Scene One: Où vas-tu? Il faut que je te parle ce soir (Pelléas/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act IV, Scene Two: Maintenant que le père de Pelléas est sauvé et que la maladie (Arkel/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act IV, Scene Two: Pelléas part ce soir (Golaud/Arkel/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act IV, Scene Two: Un grande innocence (Golaud/Arkel/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act IV, Scene Two: Interlude
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act IV, Scene Three: Oh! Cette pierre est lourde...(Yniold/Le berger)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act IV, Scene Four: C'est le dernier soir...(Pelléas/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act IV, Scene Four: On dirait que ta voix a passé sur la mer au printemps! (Pelléas/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act IV, Scene Four: Quel est ce bruit? On ferme le portes (Pelléas/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act V, Scene: Ce n'est pas de cette petite blessure qu'elle peut mourir (Le médecin/Arkel/Golaud)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act V, Scene: Attention: je crois... (Le médecin/Mélisande/Arkel)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act V, Scene: Etes-vous seul dans...(Mélisande/Arkel/Golaud)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act V, Scene: Mélisande, as tu...(Golaud/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act V, Scene: As-tu aim Pelléas (Mélisande/Golaud)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act V, Scene: Qu'avez-vous fait? Vous allez la tuer (Arkel/Golaud/Mélisande)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act V, Scene: Qu'y-a-t'il? Qu'est-ce que toutes ces femmes viennent faire ici? (Golaud/Le médecin/Arkel)
Pelléas et Mélisande (2006 Digital Remaster), Act V, Scene: Attention....attention (Arkel/Le médecin)


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