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Ernest Chausson


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Ernest Chausson (January 20, 1855 – June 10, 1899) was a French composer.

His work is commonly divided into three periods, the first of which is dominated by Massenet and exhibits fluid and elegant melodies. The second period dating from 1886 is marked by a more dramatic character, benefitting by his contacts with the artistic milieux in which he moved. The third period dates from his father’s death in 1894 and was influenced by his reading of the symbolist poets and Russian literature, particularly Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy.

His work shows the influence of Massenet, Franck, Richard Wagner, and Johannes Brahms. His compositional style bridges the gap between Massenet and Franck and the later generation of French composers such as Claude Debussy.

He is primarily noted for his many songs; his orchestral output was comparatively small. Surviving works include a Symphony in B flat major, Poème for violin and orchestra (an important piece in the violin repertoire) and Poème de l’amour et de la mer for voice and orchestra.


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  • denisjuk

    Symphony in B flat, Op. 20

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • mrBuko

    Concerto in D Major: Décidé, Calme, mmm.... very beautiful!

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • yu00

    Poème is amazing.

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Taxes

    Concert en ré pour piano, violon et quatuor à cordes: whoa

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • AnneChovie

    "he wasn't very prolific" – that’s partly because he was a lawyer by training and he died rather young in a bicycle accident. Had he lived longer, we might have more of his music.

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • sherwinjtb

    oh, his father's death was not far from his. a short musical career, but successful nonetheless.

    24 Jan 2010 Reply
  • sneggyuser

    Some lovely pieces indeed!

    18 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Vasilievich

    I wouldn't completely say he "wasn't very prolific" his originality was what made him somewhat prolific in the creative sense.

    19 Jul 2009 Reply
  • KraeheK

    Thanks for the recommendation, tysEP! I had previously only heard Le roi Arthus (an important work of the era/country) and the Symphony, but am listening to the Poème for violin and orchestra at the moment and it's quite wonderful! Shame that the composer does not seem to have been very prolific.

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • tysEP

    the piano trio in g minor is wonderful! definitely a hidden gem

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • J0N

    we've played the poeme for violin and orchestra once, its just beautiful, very touching. btw this tracklisting is a mess, its full of wrong tags and some tracks are showed multiple times. everyone should name the poeme 'Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25' for instance

    28 May 2008 Reply

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