Over to the CBC this week for a performance of the Sonatine for Violin and Piano by the French composer Henry Barraud, composed in 1941 and broadcast via the CBC Radio Transcription Service circa 1953.
Barraud was born in 1900 in Bordeaux and spent most of his life in France and, along with fellow composers Jean Rivier and Pierre-Octave Ferroud formed the Triton Society for the furthering of French Contemporary Music throughout the world.
After the liberation of France in 1944, Barraud became Director of Music for Paris Radio and later, in 1948 when it became the ORTF. Barraud held that position until his retirement in 1965. Barraud passed away on December 28, 1997.
A large output of work, much of which has been commercially recorded over the years, and reissued, Barraud is hardly unknown, but his orchestral work has been played and recorded more frequently than his chamber music.
This radio session features Hungarian-born/Canadian emigrated violinist Arthur Garami and likewise Hungarian-born/Canadian-emigrated pianist Charles Reiner – both of whom settled in Montreal and became actively involved in the Canadian Music establishment.