Unlike some of his other late works, Franck’s Violin Sonata, composed in 1886, was well-received by the public and critics from the very start. The beautiful arrangement for cello published in January 1888 distinguishes itself from the numerous other arrangements in that Franck expressly authorised it. The cellist Jules Delsart, who had heard a performance of the sonata in Paris in December 1887, was so delighted by it that he asked Franck’s permission to make a transcription of the violin part for his own instrument. Delsart remained close to the original; he left the piano part unaltered and transposed the violin part only where necessary and appropriate into the lower register.
- Violin Sonata A major
A majority of the works by César Franck (1822 – 90) that have a firm place in today’s concert repertoire, such as his Piano Quintet, his String Quartet, the Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra and the Symphony in d minor, were only written in the composer’s last years. His Violin Sonata in A major, composed in 1886, also belongs to their number, … more
About the composer
Famous organist and composer who exerted a lasting influence on French music of the fin-de-siècle both through his works and especially as a teacher.
|1822||Born in Liège on December 10.|
|1831||Instruction in piano, organ, and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Liège.|
|1835||First stay in Paris, lessons with Reicha, among others.|
|1837–42||Studies at the Conservatoire de Paris.|
|1839–42||“3 Trios concertants,” Op. 1, in the first of which he employs the cyclic technique typical both of his later works and of French symphonic music of the 1880s.|
|1843||Concert tour through Belgium and Germany.|
|1845||Premiere of his oratorio “Ruth.”|
|1847||He becomes organist at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette|
|1852–70||He teaches at various institutions.|
|from 1857||Organist at Sainte-Clotilde, location of one of the famous Cavaillé Coll organs. Composition of sacred works; 1856–65, “6 Pièces” for organ.|
|1861||Member of the Société académique de musique sacrée (Academic Sacred Music Society).|
|1869–79||Composes oratorio “Les Béatitudes.”|
|1871||Founding member of the Société nationale de musique.|
|1872||Teaches an organ class at the Conservatoire. Among his most famous pupils are Duparc, Chausson, and d’Indy, whose Course in Musical Composition (1906) is based on Franck’s compositional and formal principles.|
|1881–88||Genesis of the symphonic poems “Le Chasseur maudit” (“The Accursed Huntsman”), “Les Djinns,” “Psyché.”|
|1878||Premiere of his “3 Pièces pour le Grand Orgue” in the monumental style.|
|1886||Violin Sonata in A major; president of the Société nationale de musique.|
|1886–88||Symphony in D minor, one of the most formative works of French symphonic music of the age.|
|1890||Death in Paris on November 8.|
|1894||Posthumous premiere in Monte Carlo of his opera “Hulda.”|
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