Camille Saint-Saëns composed his two Romances for Horn for two of the most respected French horn players of the time: Opus 67 in E major from 1866 is dedicated to Henri Chaussier; Opus 36 in F major from 1874 was written for Henri Garigue. Despite the illustrious recipients, they are not virtuosic showpieces but – as the term Romance suggests – short “Songs without words”. Alongside the orchestral version, Saint-Saëns also prepared a piano accompaniment for chamber music performances. The first editions even also had an alternative part for violoncello, on which our edition is based.
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Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) wrote a great number of smaller chamber music works for many different instrumental combinations. These also include attractive recital pieces for wind instruments that had hitherto often been neglected. The two pieces presented here, the romances in F major op. 36 and in E major op. 67, were dedicated to two outstanding horn players of … more
About the composer
Saint-Saëns was one of the most multifaceted musicians of the second half of the nineteenth century in France. Regarded as a Classicist, he also wrote pieces with an Impressionist character to their sound, and one composition in quarter-tones. As a critic and essayist he was involved in the first complete editions of Rameau’s and Gluck’s works.
|1835||Born in Paris on October 9. Early comprehensive education.|
|1848–52||Studies at the Conservatoire de Paris.|
|1853||Organist at St. Merry Church in Paris.|
|1853–59||First large-scale works: Symphony No. 1, Op. 2 (1853), and No. 2, Op. 55 (1859); Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 17 (1858); Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 20 (1859); Mass, Op. 4 (1856); he attempts to arrive at unique forms.|
|1857–77||Organist at La Madeleine in Paris.|
|1861–65||He teaches at the École de Musique Classique et Religieuse Niedermeyer.|
|1871||Founding of the Société Nationale de musique.|
|1871–77||Composition of symphonic poems “Le rouet d’Omphale” (“The Wheel of Omphale,” 1871), “Phaéton” (1873), “Danse macabre” (1874), “La jeunesse d’Hercule” (1877).|
|1876||Attends the performance of the Ring in Bayreuth.|
|1877||Performance in Weimar of his opera “Samson et Dalila.”|
|1881||Member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.|
|1883||Performance in Paris of his opera “Henry VIII.”|
|1885||Publication of the treatise “Harmonie et mélodie.”|
|1886||Performance in London of his Organ Symphony (Symphony No. 3 in C minor): major work with thematic transformation after Liszt’s model. Composition of “The Carnival of the Animals,” the publication of which he forbade during his lifetime.|
|1899||Publication of the book “Portraits et souvenirs.”|
|1900||Cantata “Le feu celeste” in praise of electricity, for the opening of the Exposition Universelle.|
|1921||Death in Algiers on December 16.|
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Die Henle-Ausgabe hebt dieses und andere Details hervor und ordnet sie vorbildlich in einen größeren Kontext ein. In Verbindung mit einem sehr gut spielbaren Klavierauszug entsteht so ein hervorragender Gesamteindruck.
Dominik Rahmer, seit 2011 Lektor beim Henle Verlag und Spezialist für französische Musik, hat die beiden Romanzen meisterhaft herausgegeben und dem Repertoire für Profi-Hornisten, aber auch fortgeschrittene Schüler diese Werke quasi neu geschenkt.
The notes in Henle's Urtext edition are as usual, thorough and interesting. (...) Two copies of the cello part have been included in Henle's fine publication; one clean and the other lightly edited. Both are delightful works to add to the cellist's repertoire.