Guillaume Landré – Four Symphonic Movements – Amsterdam Concertgebouw – Rafael Kubelik, Cond. 1951 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
The music of Guillaume Landré this weekend. Four Symphonic movements for Orchestra, composed in 1949 and played in this broadcast recording with the Concertgebouw led by Rafael Kubelik. The performance is guessed to be from 1951 (no dates on the discs).
The most frequently named 20th-century composer in works surveying Dutch music history, according to research conducted by Gert Floor, an archivist at The Netherlands Music Institute in The Hague, is surprisingly enough Guillaume Landré, though today he is relatively unknown. Landré not only composed operas, orchestral pieces, solo concertos and chamber music, but also held a number of administrative positions in music and was an important figure in national and international copyright organisations. His compositional style was largely influenced by Willem Pijper. In many of his later works, he used twelve-tone rows without strictly applying dodecaphonic technique.
Here is a list of works composed by Guillaume Landré as compiled by Nicholas Slonimsky:
dramatic: Opera: De Snoek (The Pike), comic opera (1934; Amsterdam, March 24, 1938); Jean Lévecq, after Maupassant (1962-63; Amsterdam, June 16, 1965); La Symphonie pastorale, after André Gide (1965-67; Rouen, March 31, 1968). orch.: 4 syms.: No. 1 (1932; Amsterdam, June 9, 1933), No. 2 (1942; The Hague, March 6, 1946), No. 3 (Amsterdam, June 16, 1951), and No. 4, Symphonie concertante (1954-55; Stockholm, June 5, 1956); Suite for Piano and Strings (1936); 4 Pieces (1937); Concert Piece (1938); Cello Concerto (1940); Sinfo-nietta for Violin and Orch. (1941); Symphonic Music for Flute and Orch. (1947–48); Sinfonia sacra in memoriam patris (1948; Rotterdam, Nov. 7, 1948; uses motifs from his father’s Requiem); 4 mouvements symphoniques (1948-49; The Hague, Jan. 17, 1950); Chamber Sym. for 13 Instruments (1952; Amsterdam, Feb. 24, 1953); Sonata festiva for Chamber Orch. (1953); Kaleidoscope, symphonic variations (1956); Symphonic Permutations (1957); Clarinet Concerto (1958; Amsterdam, June 25, 1959); Concertante for Contrabass Clarinet and Orch. (1959); Anagrams (1960); Sonata for Chamber Orch. (1961); Variazioni senza tema (Amsterdam, Dec. 11, 1968). chamber: Violin Sonata (1927); 4 string quartets (1927; 1942-3; 1949; 1965); Piano Trio (1929); 2 wind quintets (1930, 1960); 4 Miniatures for Clarinet and String Quartet or String Orch. (1950); Sextet for Flute, Clarinet, and String Quartet (1959); Quartetto piccolo for 2 Trumpets, Horn, and Trombone (1961). vocal:Piae memoriae pro patria mortuorum for Chorus and Orch. (1942); Groet der martelaren (Salute to the Martyrs) for Baritone and Orch. (1943–44); Berceuse voor moede mensen for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1952).
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