A Chabrier playlist

Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894) is pretty much forgotten today, a one-hit wonder to most audiences, his “España” the only piece of his they’ve ever heard. There’s much more to the French composer though. He left a rich supply of orchestral music, songs, piano music and operas, much of it in a rhythmically energetic, harmonically vibrant, proto-Impressionistic style, admired by the likes of Ravel, who orchestrated his “Menuet Pompeux,” Poulenc, who wrote a book about Chabrier, Stravinsky and Satie. (An interesting aside: Chabrier owned a collection of paintings by Impressionists such as Manet —  “Un bar aux Folies Bergère,” no less — Monet, Cezanne and Renoir.) Here is my selection of some of his orchestral and piano music. At the end I have included my favorite recording of the incomparable “España,” which Gustav Mahler once called “the beginnings of modern music.” –TM


A Chabrier playlist
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  • July 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Dear Tim,
    Thank you for introducing us to immensely enjoyable music that I had never heard before, and likely might not have otherwise found. I am fortunate to have the time and the audio equipment–beyond earbuds–to keep playing music all day, every day. Chabrier now occupies a frequent spot in my daily listening.


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