Joseph Canteloube

Biography

Born: October 21, 1879; Annonay, France   Died: November 4, 1957; Gridny, Seine-et-Oise, France  
Most notable as an arranger of French folk songs, Canteloube is unfortunately overlooked as a composer of original music. He is primarily remembered for the Chants d'Auvergne (1930-1932), four sets of folk songs for voice and piano or orchestra, widely enjoyed for their color, naturalistic beauty, and charm.

When Canteloube began his studies with d'Indy at the Schola Cantorum in Paris in 1901, he soon showed a preference and talent for
Read more composing nature music, especially music that described the landscape of his native region, the Auvergne. He decided to seek inspiration and stimulus in folk song (as had d'Indy before him). Thus began his lifelong task of traveling throughout France to collect and arrange folk songs. Well into the 1940s, Canteloube busied himself with collecting songs and arranging them for choral, quartet, or solo voices with pianoforte or orchestra. Meanwhile he continued to produce original compositions, but as an arranger of folk music he was generally more successful. His other regional song arrangements include songs from Catalonia, Alsace, Angoumais, Languedoc, Touraine, and the Basque region. He served as editor of the Anthologie des chants populaires français (1939-1944).

Outside of his prolific work in folk song, Canteloube's most ambitious projects were two operas which were both produced by the Paris Opéra. The first, Le mas (1910-1913) won him the lucrative Prix Heugel in 1925. Apparently the production was not received well, for the work was never revived. This did not discourage Canteloube, for he began work the following year on Vercingétorix (1930-1932), a nationalist opera celebrating the birth of French national unity. Composed to a libretto by E. Clémental and J. Louwyck, it was produced by the Opéra on June 22, 1933, to little acclaim. Like his first opera, Vercingétorix is said to have lacked a theatrical sense. Vercingétorix was the first opera ever to use the ondes martenot (an electronic keyboard instrument developed in the 1920s by French musician Maurice Martenot) in the orchestra. Both operas show Canteloube's patriotism. One of Canteloube's last notable efforts was, interestingly, not a musical piece, but a biography of d'Indy (1951). He was active as a composer into the 1950s Read less
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    Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne / Von Stade, Almeida
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 802174 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Simple Gifts / Yvonne Kenny, Vladimir Kamirski, Melbourne So
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4425092 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Giacomo Puccini,  Léo Delibes,  Ivor Novello  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny
    Conductor:  Melbourne Symphony Orches
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    The Best Of Yvonne Kenny
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764620 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Strauss,  Rudolf Sieczynski  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Malcolm Martineau,  Caroline Almonte,  Joe Chindamo  ... 
    Conductor:  Wlodzimierz Kamirski,  Johannes Fritzsch,  Richard Bonynge,  Guy Noble  ... 
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    Kiri Te Kanawa: The Classic Albums [6-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002013002 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gottfried H. Stölzel  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Sir Georg Solti,  Gabriele Fontana,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Sir Georg Solti,  Sir Colin Davis,  Gyorgy Fischer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Joseph-marie Canteloube: Chants D'auvergne; Maurice Emmanuel: Chansons Bourguignonnes
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 645117 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Maurice Emmanuel
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
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    Guilty Pleasures / Renee Fleming
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001903302 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Henri Duparc,  Licinio Refice,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Susan Graham,  Janet Simpson
    Conductor:  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Classical Barbra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 192255 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Joseph Canteloube,  Hugo Wolf,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Barbra Streisand,  Claus Ogerman
    Conductor:  Claus Ogerman
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    Faure, Strauss, Mahler, Copland, Ives, Canteloube: Lieder / Von Stade, Katz
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 870121 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Martin Katz
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    Fifty Shades Of Grey: The Classical Album
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78466 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Thomas Tallis,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Arleen Augér,  José Luis Garcia,  Peter Barley  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Cellos,  Les Violons du Roy
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    Victoria From The Heart: Love Songs
    Label: Columna Musica   Catalog: 252 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Gabriel Fauré,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Joseph Canteloube  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles
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    Leopold Stokowski - The Stereo Collection 1954-1975
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 1916852 Release Date: 08/21/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Anna Moffo,  Martina Arroyo  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra,  Norman Luboff Choir  ... 
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    Frederica Von Stade Edition
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802125 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ernest Chausson,  Franz Schubert,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Judith Blegen,  Charles Wadsworth,  Janice Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Bernardi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Arts Centre Orchestra
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    Dedications...: A Life In Music
    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11027 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Alexander Scriabin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Harvey,  Linn Hendry,  Peter Pettinger,  Meralyn Knight
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    My First Lullaby Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578213 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Idil Biret,  Einar Steen-Nökleberg,  Stefan Veselka  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Anthony Bramall,  Alexander Rahbari,  Keith Clark  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 679002 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Carlo del Monte,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Santini,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Tullio Serafin,  Giuseppe Morelli  ... 
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    Canteloube: Songs Of The Auvergne / De La Roche, Davrath
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1151 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Netania Davrath
    Conductor:  Pierre De la Roche
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Storyteller / Tine Thing Helseth
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0883282 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Léo Delibes,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth
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    Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne; Villa-Lobos, Rachmaninov / Anna Moffo
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802085 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Anna Moffo
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
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    Nettle & Markham In France
    Label: Netmark   Catalog: 300 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Gabriel Fauré,  Erik Satie,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  David Nettle,  Richard Markham
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    Label: Enharmonic Records   Catalog: 014 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alfred Reed,  Joseph Canteloube,  Karel Husa  ... 
    Performer:  Kenneth Tse,  Kari Miller,  Mami Nagai,  Mariko Hattori  ... 
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    Seraphim
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764362 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Leanne Sullivan,  Sara Macliver,  Daniel Yeadon,  Stewart Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Brett Weymark,  Anthony Walker,  Sebastian Lang-Lessing,  Ola Rudner  ... 
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    A Lesson In Love / Kate Royal, Malcolm Martineau
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48536 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Bolcom,  Robert Schumann,  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Kate Royal,  Malcolm Martineau
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    Rare French Works For Violin & Orchestra / Graffin, Fischer
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55396 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edouard Lalo,  Joseph Canteloube,  Ernest Guiraud  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Graffin
    Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
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    Best Children's Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17626 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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