Ernest Ansermet

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Ansermet, Ernest


Born Nov. 11, 1883, in Vevey; died Feb. 20, 1969, in Geneva. Swiss conductor.

Ansermet studied in Lausanne, Paris, and Geneva. Beginning in 1912 he was a conductor in Montreux and from 1915 to 1918 in Geneva, where he organized the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, one of the best orchestras in Europe. Ansermet was well known as a promoter of modern music, especially the works of I. F. Stravinsky. During the years 1915–23 he was musical director of S. Diaghilev’s Russian Ballet. Ansermet went on tour throughout Europe, America, and the USSR (for the first time in 1928). He was the composer of symphonic and chamber works as well as the author of works about music.


Débat sur l’art contemporain. Paris, 1948.
Entretiens sur la musique. Neuchâtel, 1963.
Les fondements de la musique dans la conscience humaine, 2nd ed., vols. 1–2. Neuchâtel, 1965.