Based on a novella by the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, Ernest Chausson's Poème for violin and orchestra was originally conceived as a symphonic poem. Gradually, it evolved into a character piece with violin solo, or, to quote the composer, "a piece in very free form with many passages where the violin plays alone." That Chausson’s plan came off to perfection is proved by the work’s ever-growing popularity. The solo part of this Henle volume satisfies the most rigorous criteria of an urtext edition. The piano reduction places a premium on playability and lies better under the fingers than ever before.
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Poème, op. 25, for violin and orchestra, is the only instrumental concerto by Ernest Chausson (1855–1899). Though written in the spring and summer of 1896, the work underwent a fairly long gestation. The first draft is dated “Glion 29 juin 96” at the end and bears the title Poème pour violon et orchestre on the fly leaf. The actual title, however, is found in the … more
About the composer
French composer whose compositions are located stylistically at the threshold of Impressionism. He wrote numerous songs, stage works, chamber music, vocal and orchestral works.
|1855||Born in Paris on January 20. He receives a comprehensive artistic education (in music, literature, art) from Léon Brethous-Lafargue.|
|around 1865||He takes piano lessons with Cornélius Coster.|
|from 1874||In the salon of Madame Berthe de Rayssac, he plays music and is introduced to artistic circles.|
|1877||After completing his law studies, he receives an appointment to the Court of Appeal in Paris on May 7.|
|1878||He takes private lessons from Jules Massenet.|
|1880||At the Conservatoire he enters the composition studio of Jules Massenet, and audits courses with César Franck.|
|1882||In Bayreuth he attends a performance of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal that makes a lasting impression on him. There he meets Vincent d’Indy, Ernest Guiraud, and Camille Saint-Saëns, among others.|
|from 1886||He is secretary of the Société Nationale de Musique in Paris.|
|from 1890||Socializing in his Paris salon is an elite circle of composers, musicians, painters, and literary figures, among them Stéphane Mallarmé, Colette, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, César Franck, Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, Charles-Marie Widor, Maurice Ravel, Eugène Ysaÿe, Henri Duparc, and Raoul Pugno.|
|1899||He dies in Limay on June 10 in a bicycle accident.|