Gagnebin, Henri

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Gagnebin, Henri

Gagnebin, Henri, Swiss music educator and composer; b. Liège (of Swiss parents), March 13, 1886; d. Geneva, June 2, 1977. He studied organ with Vierne and composition with d’Indy at the Paris Cons. He was organist in Paris (1910–16) and in Lausanne (1916–25). From 1925 to 1957 he was director of the Geneva Cons. In 1938 he founded the Geneva International Competition, which he served as president until 1959. He was the author of Entretiens sur la musique (Geneva, 1943), Musique, mon beau souci (Paris, 1968), and Orgue, musette et bourbon (Neuchâtel, 1975).

Works

ORCH.: 4 syms. (1911; 1918–21; 1955; 1970); Suite (1936); 3 Tableaux symphoniques d’après F. Hodler (1942); Suite d’orchestre sur des psaumes huguenots (1950); Piano Concerto (1951); Clarinet Concerto (1971); Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon, and Strings (1972). CHAMBER: Violin Sonata (1915); 3 string quartets (1916–17; 1924; 1927); Cello Sonata (1922); Suite for Cello (1932); Trio for Piano, Flute, and Cello (1941); Quartet for Piano, Flute, Violin, and Cello (1961); String Trio (1968); Wind Octet (1970); Brass Quintet (1970); Wind Sextet (1971). KEYBOARD : Piano : Suite (1936). Organ : 100 Pièces sur des psaumes huguenots (1940–64). VOCAL: Choruses; songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire