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Franck, César Auguste


Born Dec. 10, 1822, in Liege; died Nov. 8, 1890, in Paris. French composer and organist.

Franck, who was of Belgian extraction, attended the Paris Conservatory, where he studied piano with P. J. Zimmermann, organ with F. Benoist, and composition with A. S. Leborne. From 1843 he made his living as an organist for various Parisian churches and by teaching. In 1872 he became an organ professor at the Paris Conservatory; his students included V. d’lndy, H. Duparc, E. Chausson, and C. Bordes. He was a founder of the Société Nationale de Musique (1871), and became its president in 1886.

The works of Franck, a representative of musical romanticism of the second half of the 19th century, embody French, Flemish, and Belgian musical traditions and show the influence of J. S. Bach, the classical Viennese composers, and romanticism. Many of Franck’s compositions attain a sublime, profound lyricism. His principal works were written for instrumental ensembles and combine classical form with romantic élan; they include the Symphony in D minor (1888), the symphonic poems Les Eolides (1876), Le Chasseur maudit (1882), and Psyché (1888; with chorus), the tone poem Les Djinns, the Variations symphoniques (for piano and orchestra; 1885), and chamber music and music for piano and organ. Franck made an important contribution to opera and choral music with such oratorios as Rédemption (symphonic poem; second version, 1874) and Les Béatitudes (1876–79) and the operas Hulda (1885; staged 1894) and Ghisèle (staged 1896; completed by V. d’lndy, E. Chausson, and others).


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La musique pour piano de Cesar Franck, Prelude, Choral et Fugue, des qu'elle fait irruption dans le prologue, fait figure d'evenement, tranche dans la tonalite legere et pacifiee de la soiree mondaine : Sandra, soudain proche, se retourne et son expression s'obscurcit ; la beaute de son visage accapare tout l'ecran, et son enigme aussi : << Cette musique
Even I, a musical illiterate, could appreciate the verve and enjoyment with which Vietnamese-born Nguyen and his Japanese-born wife played pieces by Cesar Franck, Noriko Motomatsu from Japan and Argentinian Astor Piazzolla.
The author was the eminent French musicologist Leon Vallas (1879-1956), an early biographer of both Claude Debussy and Cesar Franck.
Mauclair notes in relation to those years that 'une reaction s'est produite contre le systeme de Wagner' (Wagner's theatrical theories) and indicates a return to 'la musique pure', in particular music altogether independent of theatre, as originally championed by Cesar Franck, though Franck himself had died in 1890.
Cesar Franck --nacido en Belgica, pero afincado en Francia y cercano de D'Indy y Faure-- compuso su Sonata para violin en La menoren el mismo periodo de sus obras mas grandes: la Sinfonia en Do menor, las Variaciones para piano y orquesta, y el Preludio, coral y fuga.
The evening's first offering was Symphonic Variations by Sir Frederick Ashton with music by Cesar Franck.
Mother thinks of the Crimea, of crinolines, of Cesar Franck and of Vieuxtemps.
This book will most likely take its place as a valuable tool for study and reference alongside such works as Fenner Douglass's Cavaille-Coll and the Musicians (Raleigh, North Carolina, 1980) and Rollin Smith's Toward an Authentic Interpretation of the Organ Works of Cesar Franck (New York, 1983).
It includes works by Tommaso Vitali, Cesar Franck, Eduard Lalo and Nicolo Paganini.
Sunday, March 18, the "Horn and Pipes" concert will feature Mary Jo Neher, horn, and Joseph Burgio, organ, performing music by Camille Saint-Saens, Cesar Franck, Arcangelo Corelli, Bernhard Krol, Faust and Jean Sibelius.
165, Ave Marie by Giulio Cuccini, Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck, the Little Drummer Boy by Katherine Kennicott Davis, Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont, Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber and a selection of Cypriot carols.
Leiamos el poema de Eloy Sanchez Rosillo, que por titulo lleva el de De Cesar Franck a Augusta Holmes, y por subtitulo el de Quinteto para piano en fa menor, lo terminamos de leer cuando Gildardo Montoya me dijo "Espera, Eusebio, quiero conocer esa musica.