Gabriel Pierné

Biography

Born: August 16, 1863; Metz, France   Died: July 17, 1937; Ploujean, France  
Gabriel Pierné has been called the most complete French musician of the late Romantic/early twentieth century era. In his own music Pierné blended a seriousness of purpose (acquired in part through his studies with Cesar Franck) with a lighter, more popular flavor reminiscent of Jules Massenet (with whom Pierné also studied); his dedication to the music of his contemporary French composers earned him a reputation as a conductor of deep integrity. Read more

Pierné was born in 1863 in the town of Metz. He displayed great musical promise as a child, and by 1871 he had entered the Paris Conservatoire to study composition with Massenet and organ with Franck (Franck's organ class, however, often focusing more on composing than on playing). At age 11 Pierné earned a medal for his solfège skills, and he later went on to win top prizes in organ, composition, and piano, as well as (in 1882) the coveted Prix de Rome (for the cantata Edith).

In 1890 Pierné succeeded his teacher, Franck, as organist at St. Clotilde cathedral, a distinct honor for a young man of 27. In the late 1890s he abandoned his career as an organist and in 1903 made his debut as assistant conductor of the Concerts Colonne (of which he served as principal conductor from 1910 to 1934, devoting a great deal of rehearsal time to the preparation of new works). In addition to his activities on the podium, Pierné served on the administration of the Paris Conservatoire and composed for the Ballet Russes (three successful ballets produced between 1923 and 1934). In the years prior to his death in 1937 he was elected to the Académie des Beaux Arts and made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.

Pierné's output as a composer, while by no means as vast as some of his Parisian colleagues (one thinks in particular of Saint-Saëns), includes entries in most of the standard genres; in typically French style, he avoided symphonic form in favor of orchestral poems and character pieces. While Pierné's large-scale works, such as the 1897 oratorio L'an mil and the opera Vendée from the same year, showcase a solid grasp of musical architecture, the smaller chamber works (sonatas for both violin and cello and a String Quintet, among other pieces), are more indicative of his exceptional facility. Read less
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  • 1.
    Belle Epoque / Emmanuel Ceysson
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5419 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  Gabriel Pierné,  Henriette Renié,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Emmanuel Ceysson
    Conductor:  Samuel Jean
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Régional Avignon Provence
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  • 2.
    Nos Cheres Escales: Music For Oboe & Organ
    Label: Bnl Productions   Catalog: 112975 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Noyon,  Théodore Dubois,  Charles Koechlin,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Sebillotte,  Jean-Paul Imbert
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    La Clarinette Francaise / Shklyaver, Immerseel
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 358 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  André Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Jos van Immerseel,  Lisa Shklyaver
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    Pierne, Vierne: Piano Quintets / Lemelin, Arthur Leblanc Quartet
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22384 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Louis Vierne
    Performer:  Stéphane Lemelin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arthur Leblanc String Quartet
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    Vocalise - Music For Bassoon And Piano /  Data, Barbareschi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95009 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Alessandro Longo,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Massimo Data,  Piero Barbareschi
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    European Light Music Classics / Corp, New London Orchestra
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55477 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leon Jessel,  Franz Lehár,  Gabriel Pierné,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Ronald Corp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
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    Faure, Pierne: Piano Trios / Trio Wanderer
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902192 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Gabriel Fauré
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio
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  • 8.
    Dances For Piano & Orchestra / Joel Fan, Northwest Sinfonietta
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 134 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Ricardo Castro Herrera,  Frédéric Chopin,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Joel Fan
    Conductor:  Christophe Chagnard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Sinfonietta
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    Classic Marches - Elgar, Verdi, Strauss
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4763772 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Georges Bizet,  Hector Berlioz,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Northey,  John Lanchbery,  Jorge Mester,  David Measham  ... 
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    Pierne: Piano Quintet; Vierne: String Quartet / Lane, Goldner String Quartet
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68036 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Louis Vierne
    Performer:  Piers Lane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Goldner String Quartet
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  • 11.
    Le Cavalier Bleu
    Label: Anima Records (Classical)   Catalog: 13070001 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Gieseking,  Gabriel Pierné,  Darius Milhaud,  Otar Vasil'yevich Taktaki
    Performer:  Mihi Kim,  Bertrand Giraud
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    Saxofolk / Berlage Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9031834 Release Date: 03/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Modest Mussorgsky,  György Ligeti,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlage Saxophone Quartet
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    The Virtuoso Clarinet, Vol. 2
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10804 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Leonard Bernstein,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Performer:  Michael McHale,  Michael Collins
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  • 14.
    Bolero - Works By Ravel, Pierne, Escaich, Francaix / Ellipsos Quartet
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 14543 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Pierné,  Thierry Escaich,  Jean Françaix
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ellipsos Quartet
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    13 Valses / Aldo Ciccolini
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Pierné,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
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    Musique Francaise Pour Quatuor De Saxophones
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 53 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Bozza,  Sebastien Beranger,  Gabriel Pierné,  Régis Campo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Axone Saxophone Quartet
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    Pierne: Melodies / D'allonnes, Dolie, Jean
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1209 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné
    Performer:  Sabine Revault d'Allonnes,  Samuel Jean,  Thomas Dolié
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    Premiere / Ryan Romine, Sangmi Lim
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 299 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  André Bloch,  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Max D'Ollone  ... 
    Performer:  Sangmi Lim,  Ryan Romine
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    The Art Of The Violin / Paidassi, Wagschal
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Pierné,  César Franck,  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Laurent Wagschal,  Solenne Paidassi
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  • 20.
    Lekeu: Sonate Pour Violon Et Piano; Pierne: Sonate Pour Violon Et Piano; Fantaisie Basque
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111165 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Lekeu,  Gabriel Pierné
    Performer:  Laurent Cabasso,  Marianne Piketty
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    French Trilogy: Saint-Saens, Pierne, Vierne / Eric Plutz
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7255 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Louis Vierne
    Performer:  Eric Plutz
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  • 22.
    Historical Organs Of Southeastern Massachusetts
    Label: Organ Historical   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  H. Alexander Matthews,  Edward MacDowell,  Traditional,  M. Searle Wright  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Jones,  Peter Krasinski,  Cheryl Drewes,  Thomas W. D. Guthrie  ... 
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  • 23.
    Rhapsodie: Prism Of 20th Century Music
    Label: Origin Classical   Catalog: 33016 Release Date: 01/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Grandjany,  André Caplet,  Marcel Tournier,  Toshiro Mayuzumi  ... 
    Performer:  Yumiko Endo Schlaffer
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  • 24.
    World Famous Wizard Of The Cornet
    Label: Archeophone   Catalog: 5022 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste ". Arban,  Jules Levy,  John Hartmann,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Bohumir Kryl,  Leroy Haines
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  • 25.
    French Violin Sonatas - Pierne, Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel / Israelievitch, Matsumoto
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 58005 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Francis Poulenc,  Claude Debussy,  César Franck
    Performer:  Jacques Israelievitch,  Kanae Matsumoto
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Gabriel Pierné


MOST POPULAR WORKS
WORKS
No. 1. Pastorale
No. 2. Farandole
No. 3. La veillee de l'ange gardien
No. 4. Petite gavotte
No. 5. Chanson d'autrefois
No. 6. Marche des petits soldats de plomb
Allegro (Maestoso - Allegro deciso)
Scherzando (Allegro scherzando)
Final (Allegro un poco agitato)
I. Miserere mei
II. Fete des fous et de l'ane
III. Te Deum
I. Au jardin de sainte Claire, "Couvent de Saint-Damien"
II. Les Olivaies de la plaine d'Assise, "Crepuscule d'automne"
III. Sur la route de Poggio Bustone, "La Procession"
No. 1. Dedicace sur le nom des freres Pasquier
No. 2. Chanson
No. 3. Les trois clercs de Saint-Nicholas
No. 1. Prelude
No. 2. Cantilene
No. 3. Scherzando
No. 1. Preludio e fughetta
No. 2. Nocturne en forme de valse
No. 3. Etude symphonique
I. Moderato molto tranquillo
II. Sur un rythme de zortzico
III. Lent: Allegro vivo ed agitato
Ouverture
Le Jardin de Gracieuse
La chambre de Franchita
Fandango
La Cidrerie
Le Couvent
Rapsodie Basque
I. Allegretto
II. Allegretto tranquilo
III. Andante non troppo - Allegro un poco agitato
I. Allegretto
II. Allegretto tranquilo
III. Andante non troppo - Allegro un poco agitato
I. Agite de mouvement et de sentiment
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Moderement lent