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Jean Roger-Ducasse (Composer, Arranger)

Born: April 18, 1873 - Bordeaux, France
Died: September 19, 1954 - Le-Taillan-Médoc, near Bordeaux, France

The French composer and teacher, Jean (-Jules Aimable) Roger-Ducasse, received a basic musical education in his birthplace. In 1892 he moved to Paris and entered the Paris Conservatory to study music under Emile Pessard (harmony), Gabriel Fauré (composition), Andre Gédalge (counterpoint), and de Bériot. He was particularly influenced by Gabriel Fauré.

After three years of trials, Jean Roger-Ducasse obtained the 2nd Prix de Rome in 1902 with his cantata Alcyone. He then succeeded Gabriel Fauré, as professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory. From 1909, he was appointed director of the department of singing in Paris educational committee (inspector of singing in the Paris schools). Subsequently he was professor of ensemble at the Paris Conservatory. From 1935 to 1940 he taught composition (orchestration) there, succeeding Paul Dukas' (because of the latter's death). The he retired to Bordeaux.

Jean Roger-Ducasse's first work to be played in public was a Petite Suite for Orchestra (Paris, March 5, 1898). He adopted a pleasing style of Impressionism. His symphonic pieces enjoyed considerable success, without setting a mark for originality. His compositional diction can be characterised as typical latter romantic idiom inheriting his teachers (such as Gabriel Fauré or Camille Saint-Saëns) diction with hints of impressionistic coloration in harmonic content.

Works

Stage Works:
Alcyone (1902)
Orphée, mimodrama (1913; St. Petersburg, January 31, 1914)
Cantegril, comic opera (1930; Paris, February 9, 1931)

Orchestral:
Suite française (1909)
Petite suite (1900?)
Prélude d'un ballet (1910)
Le Joli Jeu de fruet, scherzo (1911)
Symphonie sur la Cathédrale de Reils (unfinished)
Marche française (1914)
Nocturne de printemps (1920; Paris, February 14, 1920)
Epithalame (1923)
Le Petit Faune (Bordeaux, May 22, 1954)

Chamber:
Sonata for violin & piano (1896)
String Quartet No. 1 (1900-1909)
Pastorale (1909)
Piano Quartet (1899-1912)
String Quartet No. 2 (1912-1952)

Piano:
Six Preludes (1907)
Four Etudes (1915)
Etude for Sixth (1916)
Arabesques (1917)
Sketches (esquisses) (1917)
Rhythms (1917)
Arabesques No. 2 (1919)
Sailor's Song No.3 (1921)

Vocal:
Hymne blanc (1895)
Au jardin de Marguerite dor Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra (1901-1905)
Sarabande for Voices & Orchestra (1911)
Sur quelques vers de Virgile for Chorus & Orchestra
Ulysse et les sirènes (1937)

Others:
Deux rondels de Villon (1897- )
Pièces d'eau (-)
Noël de roses (1903)
Sailor's Song (barcarolle) (1906)
Ave regina (1911)
Three Motets (1911)
Assignment for Taking Scores (école de la dictée) (1910/1937)
Pedagogial works

 

Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); Music Hall Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2007)

Jean Roger-Ducasse: Short Biography | Piano Transcriptions: Works | Recordings

Links to other Sites

Jean Roger-Ducasse (1873-1954) (Music Hall)
Jean Roger-Ducasse Biography (Naxos)

Roger-Ducasse, Jean (Jules Aimable) (Hutchinson encyclopedia)
Jean Roger-Ducasse (Wikipedia)

Bibliography

 

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