Henri Duparc
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1848-01-21
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Biography

Sixteen songs, one vocal duet, a handful of piano pieces, two short symphonic poems… it seems a small output on which to base any sort of reputation. But Henri Duparc’s standing as a master of mélodies remains unassailed. Ravel recognised ...

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Sixteen songs, one vocal duet, a handful of piano pieces, two short symphonic poems… it seems a small output on which to base any sort of reputation. But Henri Duparc’s standing as a master of mélodies remains unassailed. Ravel recognised that they had their imperfections, but also that the best of them are works of genius.

Duparc was born in Paris in 1848, the year of Revolutions, in a family one of whose forebears came over to England with William the Conqueror. He was a sensitive child, educated by Jesuits at the Collège de Vaugirard, where he was taught the piano by César Franck, who introduced him to the music of Bach, Gluck and Beethoven.

From 1867 to 1870 he studied law, but already music was occupying most of his energies and his earliest songs date from these years – when, according to him, ‘I had not yet finished learning about harmony,’ which he was now doing from Franck. His first five songs, published in 1869, are not in any way exceptional in their harmonies, but ‘Chanson triste’ shows an enviable gift for melody and for responding to the underlying mood of a poem.

The fruits of Franck’s teaching are more plainly seen in Duparc’s songs written from 1870 onwards, beginning with ‘Au pays où se fait la guerre’, originally intended for an opera called Roussalka, and ‘L’invitation au voyage’, composed while in the garrison defending Paris during the Prussian siege in the winter of 1870–71. Here the language becomes more chromatic and the whole musical landscape broader and more intense. These characteristics were to mark most of his later songs, apart from ‘Sérénade florentine’ which he liked ‘because it gets away from the sad or violent atmosphere of the others’.

He played his part in the running of the Société nationale de musique from its inception in 1871, and a successful career seemed assured. But after the magnificent ‘La vie antérieure’ of around 1884 his creative gifts mysteriously dried up, possibly due to hyperaesthesia, a condition that causes oversensitivity to sensory stimuli. He now retired from Paris to the southwest of France and until the end of his long life did no more than make piano transcriptions of Bach and Franck organ works and orchestrate some of his own songs; and even over these he spent years debating details. But few would quarrel with his own final assessment of his mélodies, that ‘they come from the heart and speak to the heart’.

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Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Jonathan Lemalu
La vague et la cloche
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La vague et la cloche La vague et la cloche La vague et la cloche La vague et la cloche
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Jonathan Lemalu
Phidyle
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Phidyle Phidyle Phidyle Phidyle
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Jonathan Lemalu
Le manoir de Rosemonde
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Le manoir de Rosemonde Le manoir de Rosemonde Le manoir de Rosemonde Le manoir de Rosemonde
Henri Duparc, Allan Rogers & Léopold Simoneau
L’invitation au voyage
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L’invitation au voyage L’invitation au voyage L’invitation au voyage L’invitation au voyage
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Catherine Wyn-Rogers
La vie antérieure
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La vie antérieure La vie antérieure La vie antérieure La vie antérieure
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Testament
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Testament Testament Testament Testament
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Lamento
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Lamento Lamento Lamento Lamento
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Le manoir de rosemonde
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Le manoir de rosemonde Le manoir de rosemonde Le manoir de rosemonde Le manoir de rosemonde
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Jane Irwin
Phidylé
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Phidylé Phidylé Phidylé Phidylé
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Jane Irwin
Extase
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Extase Extase Extase Extase
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Jane Irwin
Sérénade
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Sérénade Sérénade Sérénade Sérénade
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Jane Irwin
Elégie
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Elégie Elégie Elégie Elégie
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Jane Irwin
La vague et la cloche
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La vague et la cloche La vague et la cloche La vague et la cloche La vague et la cloche
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Jane Irwin
Au pays où se fait la guerre
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Au pays où se fait la guerre Au pays où se fait la guerre Au pays où se fait la guerre Au pays où se fait la guerre
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Mary Bevan
La vie antérieure
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La vie antérieure La vie antérieure La vie antérieure La vie antérieure
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Mary Bevan
Romance de Mignon
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Romance de Mignon Romance de Mignon Romance de Mignon Romance de Mignon
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Mary Bevan
L'invitation au voyage
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L'invitation au voyage L'invitation au voyage L'invitation au voyage L'invitation au voyage
Stephen Ralls, Moore, Thomas, Catherine Robbin & Henri Duparc
Elegie - for voice and piano (1874)
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Elegie - for voice and piano (1874) Elegie - for voice and piano (1874) Elegie - for voice and piano (1874) Elegie - for voice and piano (1874)
Kevin Murphy, Henri Duparc & Michelle DeYoung
L’Invitation au voyage
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L’Invitation au voyage L’Invitation au voyage L’Invitation au voyage L’Invitation au voyage
Gerold Huber, Henri Duparc & Christiane Karg
Romance De Mignon
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Romance De Mignon Romance De Mignon Romance De Mignon Romance De Mignon
Gerold Huber, Henri Duparc & Christiane Karg
Phidyle
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Phidyle Phidyle Phidyle Phidyle
Henri Duparc, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse & Michel Plasson
Lénore
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Lénore Lénore Lénore Lénore
Stephen Ralls, Coppee, Francois, Henri Duparc & Gerald Finley
La Vague et la cloche [The Wave and the Bell] for voice and piano [1871]
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La Vague et la cloche [The Wave and the Bell] for voice and piano [1871] La Vague et la cloche [The Wave and the Bell] for voice and piano [1871] La Vague et la cloche [The Wave and the Bell] for voice and piano [1871] La Vague et la cloche [The Wave and the Bell] for voice and piano [1871]

La Vague et la cloche [The Wave and the Bell] for voice and piano [1871]

Performer
Stephen Ralls
Stephen Ralls, Lahor, Jean, Henri Duparc & Catherine Robbin
Extase - for voice and piano (?1874)
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Extase - for voice and piano (?1874) Extase - for voice and piano (?1874) Extase - for voice and piano (?1874) Extase - for voice and piano (?1874)
Henri Duparc & Benjamin Appl; James Baillieu
Serenade / Serenade (Marc)
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Serenade / Serenade (Marc) Serenade / Serenade (Marc) Serenade / Serenade (Marc) Serenade / Serenade (Marc)
Henri Duparc & Benjamin Appl; James Baillieu
Chanson triste / Sad song
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Chanson triste / Sad song Chanson triste / Sad song Chanson triste / Sad song Chanson triste / Sad song
Henri Duparc & Benjamin Appl; James Baillieu
L’invitation au voyage / Invitation to travel (Baudelaire)
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L’invitation au voyage / Invitation to travel (Baudelaire) L’invitation au voyage / Invitation to travel (Baudelaire) L’invitation au voyage / Invitation to travel (Baudelaire) L’invitation au voyage / Invitation to travel (Baudelaire)

L’invitation au voyage / Invitation to travel (Baudelaire)

Performer
Benjamin Appl; James Baillieu
Stephen Ralls, Charles Baudelaire, Gerald Finley & Henri Duparc
L'invitation au voyage [Invitation to a Journey]
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L'invitation au voyage [Invitation to a Journey] L'invitation au voyage [Invitation to a Journey] L'invitation au voyage [Invitation to a Journey] L'invitation au voyage [Invitation to a Journey]
Mark Pedrotti, Stephen Ralls, Charles Baudelaire & Henri Duparc
L'invitation au voyage (1894)
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L'invitation au voyage (1894) L'invitation au voyage (1894) L'invitation au voyage (1894) L'invitation au voyage (1894)
Stephen Ralls, Henri Duparc, Gerald Finley & Charles Baudelaire
La Vie anterieure [The Former Life] for voice and piano [1884]
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La Vie anterieure [The Former Life] for voice and piano [1884] La Vie anterieure [The Former Life] for voice and piano [1884] La Vie anterieure [The Former Life] for voice and piano [1884] La Vie anterieure [The Former Life] for voice and piano [1884]
Henri Duparc, Christiane Karg - soprano & Wolfram Rieger - piano
Invitation au voyage
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Invitation au voyage Invitation au voyage Invitation au voyage Invitation au voyage

Invitation au voyage

Performer
Christiane Karg - soprano
Wolfram Rieger - piano
Last played on
Henri Duparc, Léopold Simoneau & Allan Rogers
Serenade florentine
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Serenade florentine Serenade florentine Serenade florentine Serenade florentine
Henri Duparc, Christopher Purves & Simon Lepper
L' Invitation au voyage vers. for voice and piano
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L' Invitation au voyage vers. for voice and piano L' Invitation au voyage vers. for voice and piano L' Invitation au voyage vers. for voice and piano L' Invitation au voyage vers. for voice and piano
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Sarah Connolly
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Performer
Joseph Middleton, Henri Duparc & Sarah Connolly
Véronique Gens & Henri Duparc
3 Songs
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3 Songs 3 Songs 3 Songs 3 Songs
Francois Kerdoncuff, Mireille de Lunsch & Henri Duparc
Chanson triste vers. for voice and piano
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Chanson triste vers. for voice and piano Chanson triste vers. for voice and piano Chanson triste vers. for voice and piano Chanson triste vers. for voice and piano

Chanson triste vers. for voice and piano

Performer
Francois Kerdoncuff, Mireille de Lunsch & Henri Duparc
Last played on
Henri Duparc, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra & André Previn
Phidyle (feat. André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra & Dame Janet Baker)
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Phidyle (feat. André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra & Dame Janet Baker) Phidyle (feat. André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra & Dame Janet Baker) Phidyle (feat. André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra & Dame Janet Baker) Phidyle (feat. André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra & Dame Janet Baker)
Gerald Finley, Stephen Ralls & Henri Duparc
Le Manoir de Rosamonde [Rosamonde's Manor] – for voice and piano (1879/1882)
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Le Manoir de Rosamonde [Rosamonde's Manor] – for voice and piano (1879/1882) Le Manoir de Rosamonde [Rosamonde's Manor] – for voice and piano (1879/1882) Le Manoir de Rosamonde [Rosamonde's Manor] – for voice and piano (1879/1882) Le Manoir de Rosamonde [Rosamonde's Manor] – for voice and piano (1879/1882)

Le Manoir de Rosamonde [Rosamonde's Manor] – for voice and piano (1879/1882)

Performer
Stephen Ralls
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