Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire (1934), Gabriel Pierné

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Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire (1934), Gabriel Pierné
Year of Composition: 1934    

Composer Biography

1863 — 1937

GABRIEL PIERNÉ (1863-1937) studied at the Paris Conservatory from 1871 to 1882 with Marmoutel (piano), Cesar Franck (organ), and Massenet (composition). His career as a conductor began in 1903, and he enjoyed a fine reputation both as composer and conductor. Pierné was perhaps one of the most 'complete' of French composers. It was entirely characteristic of him to pass easily from the light to the thoughtful, from outward sparkle to inner penetration, and to evoke many shades of emotion and feeling.

Composition Notes

The Introduction and Variations is an excellent example. Pierné composed the work in 1934 and dedicated it to the Marcel Mule Quartet. The character of the introduction is slow and sedate, but it is furtively interrupted twice by the theme of the rondo. This is followed by a series of decorative variations, amplifications (a fugue for example) and ornaments, all separated by two 'divertissements' based on a motif borrowed from the introduction. Certainly, the character of the popular rondo theme imparts a certain joviality, a brightness, in truth an earthiness — the writing of which is so light, so polished and the language so chaste that it maintains, from start to finish, a smiling discretion which never infringes on the limits of good taste.