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Émile-Robert Blanchet (Composer, Arranger)

Born: July 17, 1877 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: March 27, 1943 - Pully, Switzerland

The Swiss pianist and composer, Émile-Robert Blanchet, was the son of a famous organist, Charles Blanchet, who had been a pupil of Ignaz Moscheles and Moritz Hauptmann. Émile Robert studied with his father, then in Cologne and finally in Berlin, with Ferruccio Busoni.

Set in Lausanne, Émile-Robert Blanchet was Professor of piano at the Conservatory (1904-1917) and director of this institution (1905-1908), along with a dedicated career as a concert pianist and composer. He left a considerable amount of works for piano (preludes, studies, etc.), full of intersting rhythmic and contrapuntal writing.

Works (selection)

Piano:
Cinq études, Op. 7 (1910)
Tema con variazioni, Op. 13 (1910)
For piano, Op. 15. (1911/1923)
1. Etude de concert
2. Sérénade
3. Polonaise
4. Scherzo
Turquie, trois morceaux de piano, Op. 18 (1913)
Neuf études de concert, Op. 19 (1916)
Variations sur un thème de Mendelssohn, Op. 22 (1917)
Deux préludes Impromptu, Op. 27 (1919)
Scherzo en la mineur, Op. 40 (1907)
64 préludes: étude contrapuntique de technique transcendante, Op. 41 (1926)
Treize études contrapuntiques, Op. 43 (1920)
Ecossaise en fa majeur, Op. 53, No 1 (1929)
Scotch reel, Op. 53, No 2 (1930)

Dix nouvelles études (1920)
Exercices pour la main gauche seule (1926)
Trois petits préludes (1928)
Turkey in the Straw: Old Zip Coon, concert paraphrase (1929)

Choix de dix pièces pour piano:
- Poème, Op. 70
- Fileuse, Op. 76, No 4
- Allegro, Op. 78, No. 1
- Agitato, Op. 78, No. 2
- Lento sostenuto, Op. 82, No. 1
- Due toccatine, Op. 93
- Flammes, Op. 106, No. 11
- Pastorale, Op. 107, No 1
- Toccata, Op. 107, No. 2

Chamber:
Prélude et sarabande, for piano & violin (1930)

Vocal:
Boutade, for soprano with piano accompaniment

Concertante:
Concerto for 2 pianos & orchestra, Op. 17

 

Source: Larousse Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2013); Wikipedia Website (March 2013); Bits & pieces from other sources
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2013)

Émile-Robert Blanchet: Short Biography | Piano Transcriptions: Works | Recordings

Links to other Sites

Émile Robert Blanchet (Larousse) [French]

Émile-Robert Blanchet (Wikipedia)

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