Dionysiaques, Op. 62 is unquestionably Florent Schmitt’s most famous work for wind ensemble. It was composed exactly years ago, but it. Florent Schmitt () was born in Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He began composition lessons with local composer Gustave Sandre. Dionysiaques – Florent Schmitt – Program Note.
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Florent Schmitt – Dionysiaques, Op. 62 | WindBandLit’s Blog
Dionysiaques is a brilliant, minute tour de force that takes the listener on an incredible sound journey. Although the work is not really programmatic, its title suggests a Dionysian orgy, which is fully realized in the intensity of the music with its interesting contrasts: Everything but the kitchen sink: But something interesting happened, beginning in another corner of the world.
In Japan, a country with a strong school wind ensemble tradition, Dionysiaques began appearing as band competition fare.
The evaluation, administered by Jay W. Gilbert of Doane Collegealso included the legendary Frederick Fennell as an advisor on the project. Today, Dionysiaques has become a common item on wind ensemble concert programs here in the United States.
Dionysiaques | Florent Schmitt
YouTube clips of concert performances abound. You can hear several examples herehere and here. What gives Dionysiaques its staying power as a concert band piece? Rarely does one hear a piece of music that takes the listener scgmitt so many moods and contrasts inside of a dozen minutes. Dionysiaques is very seldom played in France where concert bands are rare or of very limited talent.
He manages to make a small ensemble sound like a large orchestra! John, there are numerous recordings of Dionysiaques available at the present time. There are quite a few performances on YouTube as well — mostly live performances.
Some of dionyziaques Japanese recordings are of a somewhat truncated score, lasting about 8 minutes instead of the usual 11, so be careful about those.
Dionysiaques Around sionysiaques World: Do you have further details on the Garde Republicaine recording, such as the label on which it appeared? To my knowledge, the earliest modern post 78 rpm-era performance of Dionysiaques was recorded in by Musique des Equipages de la Flotte de Toulon, conducted by Jean Maillot.
It has been clearly superseded by many newer recordings, although it remains of historical interest.
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