Édouard Lalo

Composer. Born 27 January 1823. Died 22 April 1892
Édouard Lalo
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1823-01-27
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Édouard Lalo

Édouard Lalo Biography (BBC)

At the age of 16, Édouard Lalo took the momentous decision to defy his authoritarian father and, without a penny to his name, leave his home in Lille to pursue a musical career in Paris. Having distinguished himself as a violin student in Lille, he could at least support himself by playing in concerts – including some of Berlioz’s – while attending Habaneck’s violin classes at the Conservatoire and studying composition privately.

He remained active as a violinist or violist for much of his working life and, as a member of the Armingaud Quartet, was instrumental in stimulating a new interest in chamber music in the 1850s.An admirer of Beethoven above all, but of Schubert and Schumann too, he wrote chamber pieces after those German models, not least the earliest string quartet by a French composer still in the repertoire.

Lalo’s major contribution to history was not that, however. On the contrary, it was his part in directing French music away from the German tradition after the traumatic events of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870.

The inspiration for this he found not so much in his Spanish descent – the Lalos had settled in Flanders way back in the 16th century – as in the playing of the Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate, with whom he first collaborated on a concerto in 1873. ‘Your entry into my life,’ he wrote to Sarasate five years later,‘was my greatest artistic fortune … I was sleeping; you awoke me. With the Concerto a new path opened up and it has led me by way of the Symphonie espagnole and the Cello Concerto to the end of Le roi d’Ys.’ With his ‘lion du violon’ in mind, Lalo looked for new sources of colour and applied them not only to the Symphonie espagnole but also to the Fantaisie norvégienne (1878) and the Concerto russe (1879).

As his letter to Sarasate suggests, Lalo regarded his second opera Le roi d’Ys as his ultimate achievement.And it was, even though it took him as long as 13 years to get it performed. In the meantime, in 1881, he was offered the consolation of a commission from the Paris Opéra to write his ballet Namouna, which added an oriental dimension to the range of local colour he imported into French music. Fauré, Chausson and Chabrier admired it; the young Debussy adored it.

As for Le roi d’Ys, when it finally reached the stage at the Opéra- Comique in 1888, it proved to be a great success. Based on an ancient Breton legend and well furnished with Breton folk song, it demonstrated that there is a rich source of colour at home in France too. If Lalo wrote nothing of much value after that, he at least left his successors an invaluable legacy of ideas.

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Édouard Lalo Biography (Wikipedia)

Édouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo (27 January 1823 – 22 April 1892) was a French composer. Easily his most celebrated piece is his Symphonie espagnole, which consists of five movements and is a popular work in the standard repertoire for violin and orchestra.

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Édouard Lalo
Fantaisie norvégienne
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Fantaisie norvégienne

Fantaisie norvégienne

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Granada City Orchestra
Conductor

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2 Aubades for orchestra (1872)
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2 Aubades for orchestra (1872)

2 Aubades for orchestra (1872)

Orchestra
CBC Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Daniel Swift
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (5th mvt)
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Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (5th mvt)
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op 21
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Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op 21
Édouard Lalo
Norwegian rhapsody
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Norwegian rhapsody
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (5th mvt)
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Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (5th mvt)
Édouard Lalo
Fantasie-ballet for violin and orchestra (Namouna)
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Fantasie-ballet for violin and orchestra (Namouna)
Édouard Lalo
Piano Trio No 1 in C minor, Op 7 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Trio No 1 in C minor, Op 7 (2nd mvt)
Édouard Lalo
Scherzo for orchestra
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Scherzo for orchestra
Édouard Lalo
Chants Russes Op.29 ii Lento
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Chants Russes Op.29 ii Lento
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
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Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (5th mvt)
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Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (5th mvt)
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole in D minor for violin and orchestra, Op 21
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Symphonie espagnole in D minor for violin and orchestra, Op 21
Édouard Lalo
Guitare, Op 28 arr Pierne
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Guitare, Op 28 arr Pierne
Édouard Lalo
Fantaisie norvegienne (3rd movement)
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Fantaisie norvegienne (3rd movement)

Fantaisie norvegienne (3rd movement)

Orchestra
Granada City Orchestra
Conductor
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Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole
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Symphonie espagnole
Édouard Lalo
Le roi d'Ys (Overture)
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Le roi d'Ys (Overture)
Édouard Lalo
Fantaisie norvégienne
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Fantaisie norvégienne

Fantaisie norvégienne

Orchestra
Granada City Orchestra
Conductor
Édouard Lalo
Scherzo for orchestra
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Scherzo for orchestra
Édouard Lalo
Vainement ma bien aimee (Le Roi d'Ys)
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Vainement ma bien aimee (Le Roi d'Ys)

Vainement ma bien aimee (Le Roi d'Ys)

Orchestra
Manuel De Falla Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Nicola Resigno
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (Proms 2017)
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Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (Proms 2017)
Édouard Lalo
Namouna - Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (excerpts)
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Namouna - Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (excerpts)
Édouard Lalo
Namouna – Suite No. 1 (Proms 2017)
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Namouna – Suite No. 1 (Proms 2017)
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, Op 21; 2nd mvt, Scherzando (Allegro molto)
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Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, Op 21; 2nd mvt, Scherzando (Allegro molto)
Édouard Lalo
Guitare (Op.28)
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Guitare (Op.28)
Édouard Lalo
Guitare
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Guitare
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie Espagnole
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Symphonie Espagnole
Édouard Lalo
Namouna Suite: Fete foraine
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Namouna Suite: Fete foraine
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole, Op.21
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Symphonie espagnole, Op.21
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole for vln and orch Op 21
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Symphonie espagnole for vln and orch Op 21

Symphonie espagnole for vln and orch Op 21

Performer
Augustin Hadelich (vln), LPO
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21: V. Rondo - Allegro
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Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21: V. Rondo - Allegro
Édouard Lalo
Symphonie espagnole Op.21 for violin and orchestra: 2nd mvt Scherzando
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Symphonie espagnole Op.21 for violin and orchestra: 2nd mvt Scherzando
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