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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  • 51.
    Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne / Gens, Casadesus, et al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557491 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Véronique Gens
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Canteloube: Chants D'auvergne Excerpts / Gens
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 5110065 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Véronique Gens
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  • 53.
    Canteloube, Breville / Philippe Graffin, Pascal Devoyon
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67427 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Pierre de Bréville
    Performer:  Philippe Graffin,  Pascal Devoyon
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  • 54.
    Kiri - A Portrait
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000186302 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Carl Davis,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Olga Hegedus,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Barlow,  Carl Davis,  Sir Georg Solti,  Julius Rudel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 55.
    Masterpieces - Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne / Devrath
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1189 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Netania Davrath
    Conductor:  Gershon Kingsley,  Pierre De la Roche
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Gladys Swarthout
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89561 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jules Massenet,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Gladys Swarthout,  Ramon Vinay,  Lucielle Browning,  Thelma Votipka
    Conductor:  Jean Paul Morel,  François Morel,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Alexander Smallens  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 57.
    The Voice Of Romance / Bartoli, Bergonzi, Carreras, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472630 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Eldo Di Lazzaro,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Susanne Marsee,  Beverly Sills  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert von Karajan,  Henry Mancini,  Leone Magiera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mancini Orchestra  ... 
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  • 58.
    Evening Adagios - Over 2 1/2 Hours Of Peaceful Evening Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470780 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kjell Lysell,  Bengt Forsberg,  Mats Lidström,  Ulf Forsberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  István Kertész,  Riccardo Chailly,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Vienna Haydn Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    The #1 Classical Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470933 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Nigel Kennedy,  Carlos Bonell  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Willi Boskovsky,  Julius Rudel,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 60.
    20th Century French Wind Trios / Chicago Chamber Musicians
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 08/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Auric,  Paul Pierne,  Jacques Ibert,  Alexandre Tansman  ... 
    Performer:  William Buchman,  Larry Combs,  Michael Henoch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Chamber Musicians
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  • 61.
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 08/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Auric,  Paul Pierne,  Jacques Ibert,  Alexandre Tansman  ... 
    Performer:  William Buchman,  Larry Combs,  Michael Henoch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Chamber Musicians
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  • 62.
    Angelika Kirchschlager - When Night Falls
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64498 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim,  Richard Rodgers,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  John Williams,  Helmut Deutsch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Metropolitan Ensemble
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  • 63.
    Renée Fleming - The Beautiful Voice
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458858 Release Date: 02/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Antonín Dvorák,  José Maria Cano  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Clive Greensmith,  Paul Willey,  Osian Ellis  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 64.
    Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne Vol 2 / Upshaw, Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 17577 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Emmanuel,  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Canteloube: Songs Of The Auvergne / Von Stade, Almeida
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 63063 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Canteloube: Chants D'auvergne / Te Kanawa, Tate, English Co
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 444995 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Lynn Harrell
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Lynn Harrell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Lynn Harrell Instrumental Ensemble
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  • 67.
    Eleanor Steber In Concert (1956-58)
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 12/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Strauss,  Joseph Canteloube,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Biltcliffe,  Eleanor Steber
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  • 68.
    Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne / Upshaw, Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 96559 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Canteloube: Chants D'auvergne / Tortelier, Auger
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61120 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Neil Black,  Thea King
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Canteloube: Songs Of The Auvergne, Villa-lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 / Moffo, Stokowski
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7831 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Joseph Canteloube
    Performer:  Anna Moffo
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Twentieth Century Classics / Marriner, Academy Of St Martin
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420155 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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