Guy Ropartz

Guy Ropartz (1864-1955)

Nationality: French
Born: June 15, 1864, Guingamp, Côtes du Nord Died: November 22, 1955, Lanloup, Côtes du Nord (age 91)

Piano Trio in a minor

(for violin, cello and piano)
13:49 I. Modérément animé
6:15 II. Vif
17:00 III. Lent - Animé
Duration: 38 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1918 (age 53-54)
Published: 1919 (age 54-55)
2 recordings, 7 videos
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13:53
Trio Hochelaga
I. Modérément animé
6:03
Trio Hochelaga
II. Vif
17:00
Trio Hochelaga
III. Lent - Animé
13:44
Stanislas Ensemble
I. Modérément animé
6:27
Stanislas Ensemble
II. Vif
7:27
Stanislas Ensemble
III. Lent - Animé (part 1 of 2)
11:02
Stanislas Ensemble
III. Lent - Animé (part 2 of 2)
From Edition Silvertrust

Guy Ropartz “Ropartz's Piano Trio in a minor, composed in 1918, would undoubtedly make an effective work in the concert hall. However, it must be admitted that it is not particularly easy to play. Nonetheless, all competent amateurs ought to try this spirited and stimulating work. The composer's use of harmony is quite individual but he is essentially a melodist. The main theme of the very poetic opening movement, Modérément animé, has a preponderantly sweet quality. It is followed by a lively and sharply accented scherzo, Vif. The middle section is dominated by its harmony. A slow movement, Lent, is particularly charming. Here the themes are noble and warm-hearted. The main theme of the finale, Animé, is both powerful and jovial. A lyrical second theme provides fine contrast. The movement holds one's interest entirely."

Handbook for Piano Trio Players by Wilhelm Altmann

Joseph-Guy Ropartz (1864-1955) was born in Guingamp, Côtes-d'Armor in the French province of Brittany. He studied composition at the Paris Conservatory with Théodore Dubois and Jules Massenet, and organ with César Franck. He enjoyed a long career as both a teacher and a conductor. Ropartz was associated with the Breton cultural renaissance of the era, setting to music the words of several Breton writers. His musical style was influenced by Claude Debussy and César Franck. However he identified himself as a Celtic Breton rather than a Frenchman. He wrote in most genres and devoted considerable time to chamber music penning six string quartets.

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