LOUIS AUBERT (1877 - 1968)
Unduly neglected, Louis Aubert, a pupil of Gabriel Fauré, in the first performance of whose Requiem he took part as a boy, was a composer of considerable distinction, showing some affinity with both Debussy and Ravel.
Aubert’s lyrical tale La forêt bleue brings to the stage the fairy world of children’s stories. His Cinéma: Tableaux symphoniques, a ballet, shows episodes in the development of the cinema.
Dryade, Tableau symphonique, originally written in 1924 as a score for a film, is similar in its inspiration to Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé or the work of Debussy that has its source in pagan antiquity. Aubert’s Tombeau de Chateaubriand pays tribute to his fellow-countryman, also a native of Saint-Malo. His moving Offrande of 1952 is dedicated to the memory of those who suffered in the war.