Charles Koechlin

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Koechlin, Charles


Born Nov. 27, 1867, in Paris; died Dec. 31, 1950, in Le Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, Var Department. French composer, musicologist, and public figure.

In 1897, Koechlin graduated from the Paris Conservatory, where he was a student of J. Massenet and G. Fauré. Among his compositions are operas, ballets, symphonic and instrumental chamber music, piano pieces, and art songs, as well as choral works, including Libérons Thaelmann for chorus and orchestra (1934). He was a prominent figure in the Popular Music Federation, one of the founders of the society France-USSR, and chairman of the latter’s music section. Koechlin wrote works on the theory and history of music and also taught. (His pupils included the composers F. Poulenc and H. Sauguet.)


Shneerson, G. Frantsuzskaia muzyka XX veka, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1970.
Renaudin, P. C. Koechlin. (Notice biobibliographique.) Paris, 1952.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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