Marsick, Armand (Louis Joseph)

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Marsick, Armand (Louis Joseph)

Marsick, Armand (Louis Joseph), Belgian conductor, teacher, and composer, nephew of Martin (-Pierre-Joseph) Marsick; b. Liège, Sept. 20, 1877; d. Haine-St.-Paul, April 30, 1959. He studied with his father, Louis Marsick, then took a course in composition with Dupuis at the Liège Cons., with Ropartz at the Nancy Cons., and d’Indy in Paris. After playing 1stviolin in the Municipal Théâtre in Nancy, he became concertmaster at the Concerts Colonne in Paris (1898). In 1908 he obtained the position of instructor at the Athens Cons., where he remained until 1921. He was appointed director at the Bilbao Cons, in 1922. He was a prof, at the Liège Cons. (1927–42) and conductor of the Société des Concerts Symphoniques (1927–39).

Works

dramatic: opera:La Jane (1903; 1st perf. as Vendetta corsa, Rome, 1913; Liège, March 29, 1921); Lara (1913; Antwerp, Dec. 3, 1929); L’Anneau nuptial (1920; Brussels, March 3, 1928). radio play: Le Visage de la Wallonie (1937). orch.: 2 symphonic poems:Stèle funéraire (1902) and La Source (1908); Improvisation et Final for Cello and Orch. (1904); 2 suites:Scènes de montagnes (1910) and Tableaux grecs (1912); Tableaux de voyage for Small Orch. (1939); Loustics en fête for Small Orch. (1939); 3 morceaux symphoniques (1950). chamber: Violin Sonata (1900); Quartet for 4 Horns (1950); 4 pièces for Piano (1912). vocal: Choruses; songs.

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