We are made aware of select key critics (including Ernest Ansermet
, Paul Landormy, Henry Prunieres, Vallas, and Emile Vuillermoz), their collaborations and relationships with specific composers, and their roles in constructing a history and legacy of French music.
Today, the collection keeps musical manuscripts in the hands of Belgian composers such as Jules Denefve (1814-1877), and many unique Belgian editions of the 18th century, as well as concert programs, posters, letters, and autographs from the hands of famous musicians and composers (including Alban Berg, Alfred Cortot, Vincent d'Indy, Ernest Ansermet
, Charles-Marie Widor, and Guillaume Lekeu).
Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet
, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande comprises 112 musicians.
Already the tradition tells something, the recordings for Decca under Ernest Ansermet
, all the world repertoire recorded by him.
In 2000, fingers were very publicly pointed at the Geneva-based Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR), which was founded in 1918 by conductor Ernest Ansermet
The great Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet
was rehearsing the BBC Symphony when he noticed some levity amongst the brass.
His perceptive examination and criticism of twelve-note technique, seen as an abstraction rather than a linguistic tool (and analogous in some ways to that of Ernest Ansermet
in Les Fondements de la Musique dans la Conscience Humaine), his rebuttal of contemporary historicist and evolutionary dogmas, and his appreciation of composers at the time considered too traditional, too popular and therefore irrelevant, such as Nino Rota or Benjamin Britten (whose A Midsummer Night's Dream he defines as 'a non-conformist modern opera'), make him stand out from the chorus of critical voices of the 20th century.
Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Serge Diaghilev, Andre Gide, and Les Six play cameo roles in these accounts, while Ernest Ansermet
, Jean Cocteau, and Darius Milhaud are directly quoted.
Mussorgsky's "Dance of the Persian Slaves" from Khovanshchina, with Ernest Ansermet
and the L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande from 1964, was more up my alley, lighter and more exotic.
Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet
had a keen interest in contemporary music, counting among his premieres those of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat in 1918 and of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne in 1946.
was Decca/London's star conductor in the first days of full frequency range reproduction and early stereo.
The composer even recorded the ballet with the short-note version, and evidently instructed Ernest Ansermet
to do likewise, for Ansermet's copy of the score in the Geneva public library has the short-note version written in by hand.