Ernest Chausson
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1855-01-20
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Ernest Chausson

Ernest Chausson Biography (BBC)

For Ernest-Amédée Chausson the streets of Paris were paved with gold. His father had made a fortune as one of the contractors who helped Baron Haussmann to turn Paris into a city of boulevards. The young Chausson was fiercely protected by his wealthy parents who had already lost two older children, indeed he scarcely seems to have been allowed a childhood. His education was entrusted to a tutor who combined traditional pedagogy with improving visits to museums and galleries. And at an age when other boys might have been racing round the Luxembourg gardens, Chausson was being inducted into the pleasures of the Parisian artistic salon. Indeed when he inherited his parents’ grand house in the Boulevard Courcelles he established his own salon and filled it with cultural lions: Colette, Manet, Degas,Vuillard, Mallarmé, the young Gide, d’Indy, Duparc and Fauré.

Chausson’s pleasure in the company of painters and writers as well as musicians reflected his own considerable artistic gifts. He drew and painted, wrote a novel, Jacques, that he later destroyed, and he composed. His difficulty in deciding how he might spend these talents was made no easier for him by his father insisting that he should study law, and indeed the future composer qualified as an advocate.

It was not until he was 21 that Chausson dared to confess that he wished to compose. Initially a pupil of both Massenet and Franck at the Paris Conservatoire he soon fell among the Franckists, bending his knee to the evident spirituality of ‘Le Père’ Franck’s music. Small wonder that along with d’Indy, Duparc and Fauré he was bowled over by Wagner.

Wagner and Franck jostle for attention in Chausson’s early Poème de l’amour et de la mer (1882–90) and later works too, the Symphony (1889–90), the Poème (1896), written for his friend the virtuoso Ysaÿe, and the opera Le roi Arthus (1886–95). In fact Chausson would tell a friend that he was striving to ‘de Wagnerise’ Le roi Arthus and to face down the ‘red spectre of Wagner that does not let me go’.

However, his years as secretary of the Société Nationale de Musique, founded to proclaim the virtues of new French music after the humiliating defeat by Prussia in 1871, brought Chausson into contact with a wider circle of composers, many of whom he helped materially, so that in the last years of his absurdly short life, influenced by the Symbolists and the example of Debussy, his music appeared to be taking a more obviously French turn in the Piano Quartet and an unfinished String Quartet.

Nevertheless, a painstaking pursuit of perfection and dark doubts about his gifts meant that he wrote less than he might have done. (Although in comparison to his friend Duparc who left us just 13 songs Chausson’s output was prodigious.) ‘As long as I am only thinking of [writing], I am full of confidence’, he confided in a friend. But ‘once I have a pencil in my hand, I feel like a small boy’. Chausson died aged only 44 on a country road in 1899 as the result of a bicycling accident.

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Ernest Chausson
Que d'étoiles dans vos cheveux (La Légende de Sainte Cécile)
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Que d'étoiles dans vos cheveux (La Légende de Sainte Cécile)

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Serenade Italienne
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Serenade Italienne
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Viviane
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Viviane
Ernest Chausson
Poeme de l'amour et de la mer (Op.19) vers. for voice
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Poeme de l'amour et de la mer (Op.19) vers. for voice
Ernest Chausson
Symphony in B flat Op.20
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Symphony in B flat Op.20
Ernest Chausson
Chanson Perpetuelle, Op 37
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Chanson Perpetuelle, Op 37
Ernest Chausson
Piece, Op.39
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Piece, Op.39
Ernest Chausson
Concerto in D Major, Op.21 (2nd mvt)
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Concerto in D Major, Op.21 (2nd mvt)
Ernest Chausson
Poeme de l'amour et de la mer Op.19 vers. for voice and orchestra
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Poeme de l'amour et de la mer Op.19 vers. for voice and orchestra

Poeme de l'amour et de la mer Op.19 vers. for voice and orchestra

Singer
Iwona Socha
Orchestra
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Marcin Nalecz-Niesiolowski
Ernest Chausson
Poeme Op. 25
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Poeme Op. 25
Ernest Chausson
Symphony in B flat: 1st Movement
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Symphony in B flat: 1st Movement
Ernest Chausson
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: Interlude; La Mort De L'amour
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Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: Interlude; La Mort De L'amour
Ernest Chausson
Concert in D major for violin, piano and string quartet, Op 21
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Concert in D major for violin, piano and string quartet, Op 21
Ernest Chausson
Chanson perpetuelle, Op 37
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Chanson perpetuelle, Op 37
Ernest Chausson
Le colibri, Op 2 No 7
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Le colibri, Op 2 No 7
Ernest Chausson
Le temps de lilas (Poème de l'amour et de la mer)
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Le temps de lilas (Poème de l'amour et de la mer)
Ernest Chausson
Chanson perpetuelle, Op. 37
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Chanson perpetuelle, Op. 37
Ernest Chausson
Chanson perpetuelle (1898)
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Chanson perpetuelle (1898)

Chanson perpetuelle (1898)

Ensemble
Yggdrasil String Quartet
Ernest Chausson
Poeme de l'amour et de la mer (conclusion)
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Poeme de l'amour et de la mer (conclusion)
Ernest Chausson
Pavane & Forlane from Quelques danses for piano (Op.26) (1896)
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Pavane & Forlane from Quelques danses for piano (Op.26) (1896)
Ernest Chausson
Concerto in D major for violin, piano and string quartet, Op.21
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Concerto in D major for violin, piano and string quartet, Op.21
Ernest Chausson
Concert in D major, Op 21 for violin, piano and string quartet
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Concert in D major, Op 21 for violin, piano and string quartet
Ernest Chausson
Poeme, Op.25 (version for violin, string quartet and piano)
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Poeme, Op.25 (version for violin, string quartet and piano)
Ernest Chausson
Concert for violin, piano and string quartet: II. Sicilienne
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Concert for violin, piano and string quartet: II. Sicilienne
Ernest Chausson
Piano Trio in G Minor Op. 3 Movement 4, Anime
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Piano Trio in G Minor Op. 3 Movement 4, Anime
Ernest Chausson
Trio in G minor Op.3 for piano and strings - 2nd movement
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Trio in G minor Op.3 for piano and strings - 2nd movement
Ernest Chausson
Poeme de l'amour et la mer
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Poeme de l'amour et la mer
Ernest Chausson
Paysage, op.38
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Paysage, op.38
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Concert in D Major, Op.21 (4th mvt)
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Concert  in D Major, Op.21 (4th mvt)
Ernest Chausson
Poeme Op 25
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Poeme Op 25

Poeme Op 25

Performer
Volkhard Steude
Catalina Butcaru
Ernest Chausson
String Quartet in C minor Op. 35 iii Gaiement et pas trop vite
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String Quartet in C minor Op. 35 iii Gaiement et pas trop vite
Ernest Chausson
Soir de fête, Op 32
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Soir de fête, Op 32
Ernest Chausson
Finale (Le Roi Arthus)
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Finale (Le Roi Arthus)
Ernest Chausson
Delicieux oubli des choses (Le Roi Arthus, Act 1 Scene 3)
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Delicieux oubli des choses (Le Roi Arthus, Act 1 Scene 3)
Ernest Chausson
Que d'étoiles dans vos cheveux (La Légende de Sainte Cécile)
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Que d'étoiles dans vos cheveux (La Légende de Sainte Cécile)
Ernest Chausson
Duo de Junon et Cérès; Danse rustique (La Tempête)
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Duo de Junon et Cérès; Danse rustique (La Tempête)
Ernest Chausson
Dans la forêt du charme et de l'enchantement (2 Songs, Op 36)
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Dans la forêt du charme et de l'enchantement (2 Songs, Op 36)
Ernest Chausson
Act 3 Finale (La Légende de Sainte Cécile)
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Act 3 Finale (La Légende de Sainte Cécile)
Ernest Chausson
Piano Quartet in A major, 1st movement
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Piano Quartet in A major, 1st movement
Ernest Chausson
Soir de Fête, Op 32
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Soir de Fête, Op 32

Soir de Fête, Op 32

Orchestra
Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
Ernest Chausson
Chanson Perpetuelle for voice and string quartet, Op 37
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Chanson Perpetuelle for voice and string quartet, Op 37

Chanson Perpetuelle for voice and string quartet, Op 37

Performer
Nicholas Kruger
Ensemble
Le Quatuor Manfred
Ernest Chausson
La Nuit (2 Duos, Op 11)
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La Nuit (2 Duos, Op 11)
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