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Joseph Guy Ropartz

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Born: June 15, 1864; Guingamp   Died: November 22, 1955; Lanloup  
Composer Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz enjoyed a lifespan that cut across an enormous territory of French music. When he was born, Jacques Offenbach had just premiered La belle Hélène and the year he died, Henri Dutilleux rolled out his second symphony. Ropartz also achieved an astounding rite of passage in his own work, starting out deep inside the Franck school, but also embracing impressionist language and ultimately emerging the as the chief tone Read more poet of his native region, Brittany; late in life Guy Ropartz flirted with neo-classicism.

As a child, he played bugle, horn, and double bass in a local orchestra, but his father desired him to prepare himself for life in a more secure profession. Therefore, he was given a Jesuit education, then studied law and literature, obtaining a degree from Rennes in 1885. Having thus satisfied his father's wishes that he prepare himself for profession, Ropartz then enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire. His early training in composition was with Theodore Dubois, then with Jules Massenet. He also wrote poetry at the time.

In 1886, Ropartz heard the composition Le chant de la cloche (The Song of the Bell) by Vincent d'Indy, a leading disciple of the Belgian-born composer César Franck. Highly impressed, Ropartz left the Conservatoire to study with Franck. He adopted elements of Franck's individual use of chromatic harmony and, even more important to Ropartz' music, Franck's use of cyclic forms.

The influence of d'Indy and Franck is evident in his first orchestral work, La Cloche des morts (The Death Knell). His next few works then began to show the literary, pictorial, and folk influence of Brittany, the northwest French region that was his native province, and were well received.

In 1894, he accepted an invitation to become the director of the Nancy Conservatory. Henceforth, he made his career outside Paris, the musical center of the country. Because of this, he remained less well known and continued composing in his habitual style, outside the mainstream of the historical development of twentieth century styles. At the time, he was the youngest conservatory director in France, but his directorship of the Nancy Conservatory was a brilliant success. It became one of the leading regional music training institutions in the country; the authoritative Groves Dictionary says he "brought about a musical renaissance in Nancy." Conducting and presenting serious and penetrating readings were among his talents.

After 25 years in Nancy, he accepted an invitation in 1919 to take a similar job in Strasbourg, in addition to taking the helm of the local symphony. Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace-Lorraine, had just been recovered from Germany, which had occupied it from the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the end of the First World War. Ropartz' task was to promote French music there, to bring the region and the conservatory back into French musical life. Again, he was highly successful. In 1929, at the age of 65, he retired from his positions and returned to his native Brittany.

He lived to be 91 and wrote about 200 works during this long life. His last large-scale work was his string quartet, composed in 1951. He wrote five symphonies, other orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, stage music, and an opera, Le Pays (The Country), premiered in Nancy in 1912 and later heard in Paris. Late in life he changed his surname to "Guy-Ropartz." His music was always well regarded for its logic, clarity, and lack of excessive material. He ultimately adopted the neo-Classical style that had arisen in Paris in the period between the wars, de-emphasizing Franckian chromaticism and striving for a new leanness of sound and more concise formal ideas. Read less
Ropartz: Le Miracle De Saint Nicolas, Etc / Piquemal, Et Al
Release Date: 09/01/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555656   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Joseph-Guy Ropartz: Sonate pour Violon et Piano No. 2; Sonata pour Violoncelle et Piano No. 2; Sonatatine pour Flute et Piano
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 11214 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Performer:  Nicolas Dautricourt,  François Kerdoncuff,  Juliette Hurel,  Raphaël Pidoux
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    Les Autographes Vocaux
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1201 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Paul-Henri Büsser  ... 
    Conductor:  Vincent D'Indy,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Paul-Henri Büsser  ... 
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    In Dreams / Sly, McMahon
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29836 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Jonathan Dove
    Performer:  Philippe Sly,  Michael McMahon
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    Ropartz: Symphony No 3 / Ossonce, Orchestre Symphonique Retion Centre Tours
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1190 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Performer:  Marc Laho,  Elodie Méchain,  Isabelle Philippe,  Jean Teitgen
    Conductor:  Jean Yves Ossonce
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Erik Satie,  Ensemble Jacques Ibert,  Ensemble Opus 37  ... 
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    Dukas: Complete Piano Works; Le Tombeau De Dukas / Marco Rapetti
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 958571 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Florent Schmitt,  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Riccardo Risaliti,  Marco Rapetti
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  • 6.
    Piano Dreams
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 516240 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Albéric Magnard,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Déodat de Sévérac,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Doyen,  Michel Legrand,  Monique Haas,  Alexandre Rabinovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski,  Maxim Shostakovich,  James Conlon,  János Rolla  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Noels Francais D'orgue / Elke Volker
    Label: Aeolus   Catalog: 10401 Release Date: 09/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Jean Langlais,  Paul de Maleingreau,  Joseph Guy Ropartz  ... 
    Performer:  Elke Volker
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    Ropartz: Quartet No 1, Etc / Stanislas String Quartet
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1121 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Performer:  Jean de Spengler,  Paul Fenton,  Laurent Causse,  Bertrand Menut
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanislas String Quartet
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    Romantic & Virtuoso Organ Works Vol 2 / Jane Parker-Smith
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2144 Release Date: 12/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Vierne,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Oreste Ravanello,  Joseph Kromolicki  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith
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    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Henri Tomasi,  Joseph Guy Ropartz  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Raffard,  Yumi Otsu
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    Enchantment - Poulenc, Hahn, Et Al / Smith, Rhodes
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25054 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  César Franck
    Performer:  Kenneth Smith,  Paul Rhodes
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  • 12.
    Ropartz, Baton: Trios / Trio Hochelaga
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2542 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Hochelaga
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    Ropartz: Trios, Etc / Stanislas Ensemble, Et Al
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1118 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Performer:  Jean-Louis Haguenauer,  Alexis Galpérine,  Cecilia Tsan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Stanislav
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    Ropartz: Complete String Quartets Vol 2 / Stanislas Quartet
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1115 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Performer:  Paul Fenton,  Bertrand Menut,  Laurent Causse,  Jean de Spengler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanislas String Quartet
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    Impressions - French Chamber Music For Harp / Linos Harp
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93175 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Jean Cras,  André Jolivet,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Sophie Hallynck,  Annette Schäfer,  Gaby Pas-Van Riet,  Gunter Teuffel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Linos Harp Quintet
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    Ropartz: Symphonies Vol 2 / Lang-lessing, Et Al
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1097 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nancy Lyric Symphony Orchestra
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    Cornet Fantasie / Joshua Whitehouse, Gail Novak
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 453 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Höhne,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Francis Thomé,  Guillaume Balay  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Whitehouse,  Gail Novak
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    Music For Trumpet And Winds  / De Roche, Hagstrom, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 848 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrei Petrov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Rafael Mendez,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  John Hagstrom
    Conductor:  Donald DeRoche
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  DePaul University Wind Ensemble
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    Ropartz: Complete String Quartets Vol 1 / Stanislas Quartet
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1099 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Performer:  Bertrand Menut,  Laurent Causse,  Paul Fenton,  Jean de Spengler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanislas String Quartet,  Quatuor Stanislas
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  • 20.
    Autour de la Harpe / Montreal Chamber Players
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22356 Release Date: 05/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Koechlin,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Joseph Guy Ropartz  ... 
    Performer:  Neal Gripp,  Timothy Hutchins,  Jennifer Swartz,  Jonathan Crow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Chamber Players,  Les Chambristes de Montreal
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    Organ Of The Cathedral Of Lausanne / Jean Christophe Geiser
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1143 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Maurice Duruflé,  Johannes Brahms,  Joseph Guy Ropartz  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Christophe Geiser
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  • 22.
    La Tragédienne - Bloch, Duparc, Vierne, Ropartz / Delunsch
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1100 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Duparc,  Ernest Bloch,  Louis Vierne,  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Performer:  François Kerdoncuff,  Mireille Delunsch,  Gilles Ragon,  Olivier Lallouette
    Conductor:  David Shallon,  Jean Yves Ossonce
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Ropartz: Cello Rhapsody, Etc / Demarquette, Karabits, Et Al
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1095 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Performer:  Henri Demarquette
    Conductor:  Kirill Karabits
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brittany Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Ropartz: Symphonies Vol 1 / Lang-lessing, Et Al
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1093 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nancy Lyric Symphony Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Oboekonzerte - Schuncke, Nielsen, Et Al / Lencses, Et Al
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 67134 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda,  Joseph Guy Ropartz
    Performer:  Lajos Lencsés
    Conductor:  Bernard Güller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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