Maurice André

Composers

Biography

Born: May 21, 1933; Alès, France   Died: February 25, 2012; Urrugne, France   Country: France   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
Maurice André has rightly earned the reputation of being one of the finest trumpet virtuosos from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has made numerous concert appearances and recordings and has inspired composers like Blacher, Jolivet, and Tomasi to write major works for his instrument.

André was born in the Cévennes district of southern France. Young Maurice began taking vocal instruction (solfeggio) at age ten, but two years
Read more later, influenced by his father -- a miner, but also an excellent amateur trumpeter -- began playing the cornet and eventually the trumpet. But he also followed his father's occupation, becoming a miner at age 14. It was not long until the elder André realized the depth of his son's talent and arranged lessons for him with local teacher Leon Barthélémy. Because his father's wages were meager, André could not consider study at the Paris Conservatory, but through Barthélémy's clever plan, he gained admittance, tuition-free, by first joining a military band. At the age of 18, André began studies at the conservatory under Raymond Sabarich. He quickly demonstrated his immense talents, winning first prizes there for both cornet and trumpet playing in his first two years. In 1953, he began playing professionally in two ensembles, the Lamoureux Concert Association Orchestra and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. André captured first prize in trumpet at the 1955 Geneva International Competition. He left the two orchestral posts in 1960 and 1962, respectively, joining the orchestra of the Opéra Comique in the latter year. In 1963, André was asked to sit on the jury of the Munich International Competition, but entered as a candidate instead and captured first prize, thus establishing himself at the age of 30 as one of the leading young trumpeters in the world. He immediately launched a solo career, which was eventually managed by his wife Liliane. He began making his first recordings around this time, most with the French label Erato. Many of his most important and popular later ones, however, were done for EMI. He has also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and smaller labels. Because the repertory for the trumpet was relatively small, he began transcribing -- or engaged others to transcribe -- works for oboe, violin, and other instruments. The Tartini Violin Concerto in D major was one such example, the transcription being done by Jean Thilde. André also began commissioning works from some of the leading composers of the day. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, André maintained a heavy concert schedule, playing with many of the leading orchestras and conductors in Europe and the United States and making numerous recordings. In a 1978 interview, André estimated that he typically played a 180-concert schedule and had made over 220 recordings up to that time. By 2003, André had appeared on over 300 recordings, though he had significantly reduced his concert schedule. While he has recorded music from most periods, he has tended to focus on Baroque repertory, such as works by Bach, Telemann, Handel, Torelli, and Albinoni. On many of his concert tours, André's younger brother Raymond, also a trumpeter of some renown, has accompanied him. In 1979, the first Maurice André Trumpet Competition was held. Subsequent events in the series took place in 1988, 1997, and 2000. André usually serves as chairman of the jury. Read less
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  • 26.
    The Wedding Album
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 99709 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Pachelbel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Pierlot,  Rotraud Hansmann,  Felicity Lott,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean-François Paillard,  Theodor Guschlbauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berne Symphony Orchestra,  Maitrise Saint-Pierre Aux Liens de Bulle,  I Solisti Veneti  ... 
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  • 27.
    Pachelbel: Canon, Etc;  Fasch / Paillard, Andre
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 98475 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Johann Pachelbel
    Performer:  Jacques Chambon,  Pierre Pierlot,  Maurice André
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Bride's Guide To Wedding Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64899 Release Date: 09/14/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Christopher Parkening,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Louis Auriacombe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    La Belle Époche - Bizet, Lehar, Verdi / Maurice André
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 92126 Release Date: 09/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Sylvain Petit,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Franz Lehár,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  Claude Pichaureau,  Marc Soustrot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre d'Harmonie des Gardiens de la Paix,  National Orchestra Monte Carlo
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  • 30.
    Trumpet Voluntary / Maurice André
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 92123 Release Date: 09/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 31.
    Maurice André - Trumpet Concertos - Bach, Handel, Haydn, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69152 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Benedetto Marcello,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Maxence Larrieu,  János Rolla,  Bernard Schenkel
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 32.
    Trumpet Concertos - Maurice André
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 419874 Release Date: 10/11/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Karl Richter,  Hans Stadlmair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Bach Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Maurice André Plays Popular Christmas Carols
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45159 Release Date: 08/12/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Abbé Simon J. Pellegrin,  Adolphe Adam,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  François Rauber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  St. Laurent Children's Chorus
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  • 34.
    Bolling's Greatest Hits
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44608 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Bolling
    Performer:  Claude Bolling,  Marcel Sabiani,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Max Hédiguer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claude Bolling Ensemble
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  • 35.
    Bolling: Toot Suite / Andre, Bolling, Pederson, Humair
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 36731 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Bolling
    Performer:  Claude Bolling,  Daniel Humair,  Guy Pedersen,  Maurice André
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  • 36.
    Children's Songs / Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maurice Andre
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 39669 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Traditional,  James Pierpont
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Maurice André
    Conductor:  François Rauber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Laurent Children's Chorus,  Instrumental Ensemble
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