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Françaix, Jean

Françaix, Jean (b Le Mans, 1912; d Paris, 1997). Fr. composer and pianist. Comp. pupil of N. Boulanger. Frequent soloist in his own works, which are marked by wit and elegance. Wrote mus. for Sacha Guitry films. Comps. incl.:OPERAS: Le diable boiteux (1938); L'apostrophe (1940); Le main de gloire (1944); Paris à nous deux (1954); La princesse de Clèves (1965).BALLETS: Sculo de ballo (1933); Les malheurs de Sophie (1935); Le roi nu (1935); Le jeu sentimental (1936); La lutherie enchantée (1936); Le jugement d'un fou (1938); Verreries de Venise (1938); Les demoiselles de la nuit (1948); Les zigues de mars (1950); La dame dans la lune (1957); Pierrot ou les secrets de la nuits (1980).ORCH.: sym. No.1 (1932), No.2 (1953); pf. concertino (1932); Suite, vn., orch. (1934); Sérénade comique, vc., small orch. (1934); Divertissement, vn., va., vc., orch. (1935); concs.: fl., ob., cl., bn., orch. (1935), pf. (1936), hpd. (1959), 2 pf. (1965), fl. (1966), cl. (1967), vn. No.1 (1968, rev. 1970), No.2 (1979), db. (1974), 2 hp. and 11 str. (1978), bn., str. (1979), gui., str. (1982–3), tb., wind (1984), fl., cl. (1991); Au musée Grevin, suite (1936); Rhapsodie, va., orch. (1946); Symphonie d'archets, str. (1948); Variations de Concert, vc., str. (1950); L'horloge de flore, ob., orch. (1959); Le dialogue des Carmélites, sym. suite (1960); Sei preludi, str. (1963); Jeu poétique, hp., orch. (1969); La ville mystérieuse, fantasy (1973–4); Thème et variations (1974); Le gay Paris, tpt., ww. (1974); Cassazione, 3 orchs. (1975); Chaconne, hp., 11 str. (1976); Ouverture anacréontique (1978); Tema con variazioni, cl., str. (1978); Mozart new-look, db., 10 wind (1981); Impromptu, fl., str. (1983); Pavane pour un génie vivant à la mémoire de Maurice Ravel, chamber orch. (1987); Conc. for 15 soloists and orch. (1988).CHAMBER MUSIC: str. trio (1933); wind qt. (1933); vn. sonata (1934); str. qt. (1934); fl. quintet No.1 (1934), No.2 (1989); Divertissement, bn., str. quintet (1942); Divertissement, ob., cl., bn. (1947); L'heure du berger, fl., ob., cl., bn., hn., pf. (1947); wind quintet No.1 (1948), No.2 (1987); Divertimento, hn., pf. (1959); qt., ca., vn., va., vc. (1970); trio, fl., hp., vc. (1971); octet, cl., hn., bn., 2 vn., va., vc., db. (1972); Aubade, 12 vc. (1975); cl. quintet (1977); Danses exotiques, 12 players (1981); pf. trio (1986); Dixtour, wind, str. quintet (1986); Notturno, 4 hn. (1987); Le colloque des deux perruches, fl., alto fl. (1989); Élégie, 10 wind instr. (1990); trio, cl., va., pf. (1990); Suite, 4 sax. (1990); Pour remercier l'auditoire, fl., cl., hn., vn., vc., pf. (1994).VOCAL: 3 Épigrammes, ch., str. quintet or str. orch. (1938); L'apocalypse selon St Jean, oratorio, 4 soloists, ch., 2 orchs. (1939); La cantate de Méphisto, bass, str. (1952); Déploration de Tonton, chien fidèle, mez., str. (1956); Les inestimables chroniques du bon géant Gargantue, spkr., str. (1971); 3 poèmes de Paul Valéry, ch. (1984).PIANO: Scherzo (1932); 5 Portraits de jeunes filles (1936); Éloge de la danse (1947); 8 Danses exotique, 2 pf. (1957); sonata (1960); 8 Variations on the Name of Gutenberg (1982); La promenade d'un musicologue éclectique (1987).ORGAN: Suite carmélite (1960); Suite profane (1984); Messe de mariage (1986).

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