HENRI RABAUD (1873 - 1949)
Henri Rabaud, desceded from a family with distinguished musical traditions, was a pupil of Gédalge and Massenet at the Paris Conservatoire, of which he became director after Fauré's retirement. He was conservative as a composer and active as a conductor.
Rabaud's opera Mâruf, savetier du Caire (Mâruf, Cobbler of Cairo) combines the Wagnerian and the exotic and he wrote other operas, incidental music and film scores, the latter including the 1925 score for Joueur d'échecs (Chess-Player).
Orchestral music by Rabaud includes a Divertissement on Russian songs and Eglogue, a Virgilian poem for orchestra, as well as the symphonic poem Procession nocturne.