Vincent d'Indy

Vincent d'Indy (1851-1931)

Nationality: French
Born: March 27, 1851, Paris Died: December 2, 1931, Paris (age 80)

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 35

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
12:08 I. Lent et soutenu - Modérément animé
8:37 II. Lent et calme
6:49 III. Assez modéré (et dans le sentiment d'un chant populaire)
11:25 IV. Assez lent et librement déclamé
Duration: 40 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1890 (age 38-39)
1 recordings, 4 videos
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12:08
Quatuor Joachim
I. Lent et soutenu - Modérément animé
8:37
Quatuor Joachim
II. Lent et calme
6:49
Quatuor Joachim
III. Assez modéré (et dans le sentiment d'un chant populaire)
11:25
Quatuor Joachim
IV. Assez lent et librement déclamé
From Edition Silvertrust

Vincent d’Indy String Quartet No.1, composed in 1890, was, for its time, very forward looking and original. Rather surprisingly, it received great acclaim when premiered. Hailed as a masterpiece, Chausson wrote to D’Indy, "all France honors you."

Vincent d’Indy (1851-1931) was born of aristocratic stock. His musical talent was recognized by his grandmother who raised him and saw that he received piano lessons from famous teachers. Despite this, he was sent to law school in Paris. Instead, d’Indy, who was intent on becoming a composer, joined a Parisian orchestra as a timpanist to learn music “from the ground up.” Both Massenet and Bizet were impressed by his early compositions and encouraged him to show his work to César Franck. Franck did not share their enthusiasm and was reputed to have told D’Indy, "You have ideas but you cannot do anything." Apparently those ideas were enough, however, to convince Franck to show d'Indy how to do things, as he took the latter on as a pupil. Though d'Indy was to assimilate and be influenced by many different sources, Franck and his music left the most telling mark on him. d’Indy’s reputation, during his own lifetime was considerable, having founded, in 1900, what was to become the most important music school in France after the Paris Conservatory: The Schola Cantorum.

The Quartet shows the influence of Beethoven and his teacher Franck. The use of a motto reminds one of Franck while the technique of using small phrases which are full of possibilities is reminiscent of Beethoven. All four movements begin slowly. The opening movement, Lent et soutenu-Modérément animé, gives out the motto in several forms and it becomes the kernel for all of the themes in the movement as well as the coda. The slow second movement, Lente et calme, is very poetic in its conception. The third movement, Assez Modéré, begins like an intermezzo but gives way to an atmospheric and modern sounding scherzo. The finale, Assez lent-Vif, after its slow introduction, leads to a series of jaunty themes almost Neo-Classical in style.

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Nationality: French | Belgian
Born: December 10, 1822, Liège Died: November 8, 1890, Paris (age 67)
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Nationality: French
Born: January 20, 1855, Paris Died: June 10, 1899, Limay (age 44)
Wilfrid d'Indy (1821-1891)
uncle
Nationality: French
Born: December 14, 1821, Valence Died: January 19, 1891 (age 69)
Paul Le Flem (1881-1984)
Student
Nationality: French
Born: March 18, 1881, Radon, Orne Died: July 31, 1984, Tréguier, Côtes d’Armor (age 103)
Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)
Student
Nationality: Spanish
Born: December 9, 1882, Seville Died: January 14, 1949, Madrid (age 66)
Armande de Polignac (1876-1962)
Student
Nationality: French
Born: January 8, 1876 Died: April 29, 1962 (age 86)
Armand Merck (1883-c.1962)
Student
Nationality: Belgian
Born: July 22, 1883, Brussels or Liège Died: September 9, 1962, Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine) (age 79)
Albert Roussel (1869-1937)
student
Nationality: French
Born: April 5, 1869, Tourcoing Died: August 23, 1937, Royan (age 68)
Arthur Honegger (1892-1955)
Student
Nationality: Swiss
Born: March 10, 1892, Le Havre Died: November 27, 1955, Paris (age 63)
Albéric Magnard (1865-1914)
Student
Nationality: French
Born: June 9, 1865, Paris Died: September 3, 1914, Baron, Oise (age 49)
Guillaume Lekeu (1870-1894)
Student
Nationality: Belgian
Born: January 20, 1870, Heusy Died: January 21, 1894, Angers (age 24)