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Albert Charles Paul Marie Roussel (April 5, 1869 - August 23, 1937) was a French composer.

Born in Tourcoing, France, Roussel's earliest interest was not in music but mathematics. He spent a time in the French Navy, and in 1889 and 1890 he served on the crew of the frigate Iphigénie. These travels affected him artistically, as many of his musical works would reflect his interest in far off, exotic places.

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  • Hi rm508 - Where'd you find that great picture of Roussel and his cat?
  • Roussel is quite possibly one of the most underrated French composers of the 20th Century. One reason for his neglect could be the fact that he didn't really belong to one school of thought, but, rather, belonged to many schools. One of the most apparent in his early career was the Impressionism of Debussy and Ravel. These were influences, but they quickly subsided in favor of a harder edged approach to composition. Roussel developed a personal adaptation of Neoclassicism. "Symphony No. 3," "Bacchus et Ariane," and "Le festin de l'araignée" are probably his most well known compositions. I do feel, however, that he had much more to offer than these three works. An obscure work like "Evocations" only rectified his mastery to me. The other symphonies are just as wonderful as his popular "Symphony No. 3." I would even wager that "Symphony No. 2" is even finer, but we're lucky to have multiple recordings of all of Roussel's symphonies, ballets, and orchestral works.
  • good stuff
  • Great composer.
  • 5dC
    Symphony #3 is one of the greatest piece of music I never heard.
  • 5dC
    Wow, Nobody Here ? ... :/

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