Flament, Édouard, French bassoonist, conductor, and composer; b. Douai, Aug. 27, 1880; d. Bois-Colombes, Seine, Dec. 27, 1958. He studied at the Paris Cons, with Bourdeau (bassoon), Lavignac, Caussade, and Lenepveu (composition). After graduation (1898), he played the bassoon in the Lamoureux Orch. (1898–1907) and in the Societe des Instruments a Vent (1898–1923) in Paris; conducted opera and concerts in Paris (1907–12), Algiers (1912–14), and Marseilles (1919–20), and summer concerts at Fontainebleau (1920–22); then with the Diaghilev ballet in Monte Carlo, Berlin, London, and Spain (1923–29). In 1930 he became conductor at the Paris Radio.
DRAMATICOpera : Lfl Fontaine de Castalie; Le Coeur de la rose’, Lyderic et Rosele. ORCH.: 8 syms.; Oceano Nox, symphonic poem; Variations radio-phonicjues; 5 piano concertos; Concertstuck for Bassoon and Orch. CHAMBER: Diver-timento for 6 Bassoons; Quintet for 5 Bassoons; Quartet for 4 Bassoons; 3 string quartets; Violin Sonata; Viola Sonata; 2 cello sonatas.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire