A pupil of Ravel at the Paris Conservatoire, Manuel Rosenthal established a position in French music as one of the most distinguished conductors of his time and as a composer. His compositions embrace a number of genres and are couched in generally neoclassical terms and forms.
Orchestral and Vocal Music
Rosenthal’s varied orchestral works include a version for orchestra of his piano pieces Les Petits Métiers, depicting a number of small trades. His Musique de table, unlike Telemann’s, actually depicts a dinner party, starting with the arrival of the guests and ending in coffee, liqueurs and cigars. His vocal works include a Christmas Cantata, a Mass setting and a number of songs.