Biography of André Caplet (1878-1925)

Born in Le Havre ( France)
Winner of a first price for playing violin
Violinist of the Grand Theatre orchestra in Le Havre
First studies at Paris conservatory (harmonics, piano accompagniment and composition). Timpanist and then conductor of Concerts Colonne and at the Theatre de la Porte St. Martin
Musical director of Theatre de la Porte St. Martin
Winner of Prix de Rome
Until 1914 head of the orchestra of Boston Opera Company
Acquaintance becoming friendship with Debussy's and further studies with him.
Following a gas intoxication in World War I he had to give up conducting
Dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris

Sheet music for flute:

Ecoute, mon coeur... (G-Dur)
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(voice range e'-e'', flute)
Rating: mid-grade
Voice and flute without any harmonies - a challenge.

Improvisations... - d'après "Le Pain quotidien"
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(flute/alto flute, piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Nostalgique
  2. Décidé
  3. Balancé
  4. Gracieux
  5. Lointain
  6. Vif

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(flute (violin), oboe (violin), clarinet (viola), bassoon (cello), piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Allegro con brio
  2. Adagio
  3. Scherzo
  4. Finale
Score in spiral binding and parts for all of the possible instrumentations
Early composition of 1899. The premiere was played for the "Societé Moderne d´Instruments à Vent" on the 10th of April 1899. The first publication was only in 1998

Rêverie et PetiteValse (e-moll)
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(flute, piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Reverie - Andantino
  2. Petite Valse - Vivo
This composer was a student of Debussy and you can hear this. If you don´t know him yet, get to know him. Dedicated to Georges Barrere.

Suite Persane (D-dur)
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(2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns)
Verlag Gebr. Schottstädt, GS 10901
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Scharki (Allegretto quais Andante)
  2. Mhavvend (Lento)
  3. Iskia Samaisi
Composed in 1900, premiere one year later. The two similar instruments are very often going in parallel. I don´ like that so much.

Viens! Une Flute Invisible Soupire
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(voice, flute, piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Modere

CDs with/from André Caplet

Calamus Ensemble, Benoit Fromanger, Luc Loubry, Rachel Talitman
Andre Caplet (1995)
    Quintette (1898):
  1. I. Allegro brillamente (08:40:00)
  2. II. Adagio (07:23:00)
  3. III. Scherzo (03:54:00)
  4. IV. Final - Allegro con fuoco (08:11:00)
  5. Deux Pieces (1897):
  6. I. Reverie. Andantino (03:56:00)
  7. II. Petite valse. Vivo (02:24:00)
  8. Improvisations (1920):
  9. I. Nostalgique. Lent (03:58:00)
  10. II. Decide. Bien allegre (00:49:00)
  11. III. Balance. Simple (01:41:00)
  12. IV. Gracieux. Sans lenteur (01:10:00)
  13. V. Lointain. Tempo di Polacca (01:44:00)
  14. VI. Vif (02:15:00)
  15. Suite Persane (1900):
  16. I. Sharki. Allegretto quasi andante (03:31:00)
  17. II. Mhavvend. Andantino (04:34:00)
  18. III. Iskia samaisi. Vivo (07:21:00)
Suite Persane ist ein Dezett, dabei sind die Stimmen meist unisono oder in Terzen gesetzt. Wie der Titel sagt, klingt das etwas arabisch. Der Rest zeigt den Einfluss des Lehrers Debussy. Sehr schön für jeden, der wie ich auf Spätromantik und folgendes steht. Leider nicht mehr ohne weiteres erhältlich.

Literature von/über André Caplet

Last edit 31.10.2010