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JEAN FRANCAIX  

(1912 - 1997)

A composer of great facility and consistent wit, Jean Françaix, a pupil of Nadia Boulanger, wrote music of charm and elegance, inventive and attractive in idiom, with instrumental works that show the characteristic French handling of woodwind instruments.

Stage Works

The fifth of the operas of Jean Françaix, La Princesse de Clèves, exemplifies his qualities as a composer, heard also in his various ballet and film scores.

Orchestral Music

The Piano Concertino of 1932, written while Françaix was a student, won immediate popularity. Other concertos include a Piano Concerto, a Two-Piano Concerto, a Violin Concertino and concertos for clarinet and for flute, as well as a number of other works making use of varied groups of solo instruments.

Chamber Music

There is particularly idiomatic handling of wind instruments in a number of Françaix’s works for instrumental ensemble, including a Saxophone Quartet. There is a Sonatine for violin and piano and a Sonatina for trumpet and piano, while the Neuf Pièces charactéristiques for ten wind instruments have a particular charm. Le Colloque des deux perruches (‘The Conversation of Two Parrots’) makes a witty exploration of the possibilities of flute and alto flute.

Keyboard Music

Keyboard music by Françaix includes L’insectarium for harpsichord, Huit Danses exotiques for two pianos, a Marche solennelle for organ, and a Piano Sonata.

Vocal and Choral Music

Solo vocal and choral settings by Françaix range from an oratorio, L’Apocalypse de St Jean, to a cantata for mezzo-soprano and strings, Déploration de Tonton, chien fidèle (‘Lament for Tonton, faithful dog’), and include settings of La Fontaine and Rabelais.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
12 CELLISTS OF THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: 40th Anniversary Concert / Documentary (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2059314
Classical Concert
12 CELLISTS OF THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: 40th Anniversary Concert / Documentary (NTSC) EuroArts
2059318
Classical Concert
20TH CENTURY FRENCH WIND TRIOS Cedille
CDR90000-040
Chamber Music
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Chamber Winds (The) Altissimo
75442261842
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Bassoon Recital: Zdybel, Katarzyna - JACOB, G. / CASTEREDE, J. / SLUKA, L. / DENISOV, E. / CARTER, E. / MARKOWICZ, M. / FRANCAIX, J. (Portrait) CD Accord
CDAccordACD182
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - FRANCAIX, J. / BORDES, C. / INDY, V. d' / PIERNE, G. / JOLIVET, A. (Englichova, Jans, Martinu Quartet) ArcoDiva
UP0104-2
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (French Flute Quintets) - TOURNIER, M. / SCHMITT, F. / PIERNE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. / ROUSSEL, A. (Mirage Quintet) Naxos
8.570444
Chamber Music
Clarinet and Piano Recital: Feilmair, Benjamin / Feilmair, Florian - WEBER, C.M. von / SZALOWSKI, A. / FRANCAIX, J. / POULENC, F. (Debut Recording) Paladino Music
PMR0024
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL WELLNESS - Musical Tonics for Mind, Body and Spirit (3-CD Box Set) Delos
DE3464
Chamber Music
DEBUSSY, C.: Premiere rapsodie / La mer / STRAUSS, R.: Duett-Concertino / FRANCAIX, J.: Tema con variazioni (Zarow, Sinfonia Iuventus, Chmura) CD Accord
CDAccordACD162
Chamber Music
FAURÉ, G.: Ballade / Nocturnes / FRANÇAIX, J.: Piano Concertino (K. Long, London Philharmonic, Martinon) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81191
Concertos
FLUTE (THE ART OF THE) Naxos
8.570309
Instrumental
FRANÇAIX, J.: Divertissement for Bassoon and Strings / MOZART, W.A.: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191 (Through Time) (Lopes) Solo Musica
SM211
Chamber Music
FRANÇAIX, J.: Double Piano Concerto / POULENC, F.: Concerto for 2 Pianos (M. and R. Bard, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Matiakh) Capriccio
C5237
Orchestral
FRANCAIX, J.: Emperor's New Clothes Suite (The) / NICODE, J.L.: Carnival Scenes (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80880
Ballet
FRANCAIX, J.: Princesse de Cleves (La) / 15 Portraits d'enfants d'Auguste Renoir / KOECHLIN, C.: 4 Vocalises (Lences) Capriccio
C67064
Orchestral
FRANCAIX, J.: Wind Quintets Nos. 1 and 2 / Quartet / Divertissement (Bergen Wind Quintet) BIS
BIS-SACD-2008
Chamber Music
FRANCAIX: Wind Quintet No. 1 / MILAUD: La Cheminee du roi Rene / BIS
BIS-CD-536
Chamber Music
FRENCH MUSIC FOR WIND QUINTET Naxos
8.557356
Chamber Music
GLAZUNOV / SINGELEE / BOZZA / FRANCAIX: Saxophone Quartets BIS
BIS-CD-466
Chamber Music
IBERT, J.: Flute Concerto / FRANCAIX, J.: Quadruple Concerto / JOLIVET, A.: Concertino for Trumpet and Piano (Concertos francais) Capriccio
C71028
Concertos
IBERT: Histoires… / MAURICE: Tableaux de Provence BIS
BIS-CD-209
Chamber Music
LAUGH WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC Delos
DE1627
Chamber Music
MANUELA PLAYS FRENCH FLUTE CONCERTOS BIS
BIS-CD-529
Concertos
MARAIS / FRANCAIX / TOMASI: Solo Flute Music BIS
BIS-CD-459
Instrumental
MOZART, W.A.: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191 / HUMMEL, J.N.: Bassoon Concerto, WoO 23 / JOLIVET, A.: Bassoon Concerto (Jensen) Capriccio
C10579
Chamber Music
MOZART, W.A.: Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299 / DEBUSSY, C.: 2 Danses / RAVEL, M.: Introduction et Allegro / INDY, V. d': Suite, Op. 91 (Jamet) Timpani
2C2122
Chamber Music
Orchestral Music - STRAUSS II, J. / D'ERLANGER, F. / BALANCHINE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. (Antal Dorati Conducts Ballets Russes) (1936-1939) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81070P
Ballet
Piano Recital: Landrum, Michael - FIELD, J. / CHOPIN, F. / RESPIGHI, O. / SCRIABIN, A. / FAURE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. (Nocturnes) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92158
Instrumental
POULENC, F.: Sextet / Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano / FRANCAIX, J.: Octet / Dixtuor (Linos Ensemble) Capriccio
C67191
Chamber Music
READE, P.: Saxophone Quartet / FRANCAIX, J.: Petit quatuor / NAGLE, P.: Three Shades of Blues / NYMAN, M.: Songs for Tony (Italian Saxophone Quartet) Delos
DE3333
Chamber Music
RUTTER, J.: Suite Antique / GLASS, P. / FRANCAIX, J.: Harpsichord Concertos (Lewis, West Side Chamber Orchestra, Mallon) Naxos
8.573146
Concertos
SAYGUN, A.A.: Piano Concerto No. 1 / 12 Preludes / FRANCAIX, J.: Piano Sonata / ALKAN, C.V.: Le chemin de fer (Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 11) Idil Biret Archive
8.571288
Instrumental
SEASONS (The) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) BIS
BIS-2072
Chamber Music
SUNSET CLASSICS Capriccio
C67107-08
Orchestral
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Bass Tuba Concerto in F Minor / FRANCAIX, J.: Quadruple Concerto / WAXMAN, F.: Athaneal (20th Century Wind Concertos) Capriccio
C10522
Concertos
VIRTUOSO TRUMPET BIS
BIS-CD-287
Chamber Music




 
 
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