Charles Chaynes

Biography

Born: 1925   Country: France  
The name is pronounced somewhat like "shen," and this important French composer was born in Toulouse in 1925. He was a student of Darius Milhaud and Jean Rivier at the Paris Conservatoire prior to winning the Premiere Grand Prix de Rome in 1951. A resident of Rome from 1952 until 1955, Chaynes composed his =First Concerto for String Orchestra= and the critically-acclaimed =Ode for a Tragic Death= during this period.

His list of
Read more compositions is considerable: several concerti: for trumpet, for violin, for piano, for organ, as well as two for orchestra; a symphony, music for wind quintet, violin and piano sonatas. His =Quest for Sacredness= for solo organ (1985) is available on a Gallo CD, and two vocal works including his =Lights from Japanese Poetry= are on a CD from REM.

The =Concerto for Organ, String Orchestra, Kettledrums and Percussion= was composed in 1966 and dedicated to the great organist Marie-Claire Alain. It is an example of the composer's wholly atonal technique in service of music inspired by religio-mystical sources, in this case ="The Spiritual Canticle of Holy John of the Cross,"= a set of poems which Chaynes read during a trip through Castile. It is structured in traditional three-movement form, and makes dramatic use of the tone colorations possible with the combination of organ and orchestra; effects created by elements of the text are notable, too, such as the musical version of the beating of a heart at the end of the second movement.

The =Piano Concerto= also dates from 1966, and was first performed in that year by Yvonne Loriod, the famous pianist and wife of Olivier Messiaen. It makes use of a small orchestra of two flutes, trumpet, harp, kettledrums, percussion, and strings. Also wholly atonal and in three-movement form, it retains a wide range of musical freedom in each of the movements.

These two works were originally recorded by Erato and released later in America by Musical Heritage Society. Read less
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  • 1.
    Gone, but Not Forgotten / Reed, Taylor, Stanley
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 52291 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Vachey,  Burnet Tuthill,  Kevin Mckee,  Charles Chaynes  ... 
    Performer:  Marc Reed,  Kristin Jonina Taylor
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    Syrinx: Musique Francaise Pour Flute
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1428 Release Date: 06/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Albert Roussel,  Pierre-Octave Ferroud,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Claude Régimbald,  Gwendoline Quartenoud,  Nathalie Chatelain,  Olga Kerevel
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    Mady Mesple - 80th Anniversary
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95003 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Jules Massenet,  Ambroise Thomas,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Performer:  Mady Mesplé
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    Great French Concertos / Eric Aubier, Et Al
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaynes,  Henri Tomasi,  Alfred Desenclos,  André Jolivet
    Performer:  Eric Aubier
    Conductor:  Marius Constant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris
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    Label: Pavane   Catalog: 7467 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaynes
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Lecaudey,  Alain Longearet,  Daniel Beltramo,  Didier Comte  ... 
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    La Flûte Au Paris Conservatory / Régimbald, Webster
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2164 Release Date: 02/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaynes,  Henri Dutilleux,  Olivier Messiaen,  Raymond Gallois-Montbrun  ... 
    Performer:  Claude Webster,  Claude Régimbald
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    Chaynes, Mather, Rogg: Organ Works / Rouet, Rogg
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 634 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lionel Rogg,  Bruce Mather,  Charles Chaynes
    Performer:  Pascal Rouet,  Lionel Rogg
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