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SYMPHONIE POUR MUSIQUE D’HARMONIE (1926) BY PAUL FAUCHET

(Né à Paris le 29 janvier 1881 - mort à Paris le 12 octobre 1937).

Compositeur français, organiste, pédagogue et chef de chœur.

En parallèle à des leçons privées avec Louis Vierne et à des études au Conservatoire de Paris (débutées en 1896) dans les classes de Paul Vidal, Alexandre Guilmant et Charles Lepneveu (Deuxième prix d’Harmonie - 1899, Premier prix de Fugue - 1904, Premier prix d’orgue - 1907 et Premier prix d’accompagnement au piano - 1910), Paul Fauchet a débuté sa carrière en la fonction d'organiste de l’église Notre-Dame de Versailles. Il fut Maître de Chapelle à Saint Thomas d'Aquin et fut organiste titulaire de Saint Pierre de Chaillot à Paris. Il a aussi dirigé par intermittence les chœurs de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, du Théâtre Lyrique et de l'Opéra Garnier. Il fut nommé professeur d'Harmonie en novembre 1927 au Conservatoire de Paris et compta parmi ses élèves : Jacques de la Presle, Raymond Loucheur, Georges Taconet, José David, Marcel Landowski et Lucien Cailliet. Paul Fauchet, à la tête de la Maîtrise de Saint Pierre de Chaillot a enregistré plusieurs 78 tours pour la maison Pathé (œuvres de C. Saint-Saëns, A. Adam et J.S. Bach). L’année de la mort de Charles-Marie Widor, Louis Vierne et Maurice Ravel, le décès prématuré de Paul Fauchet est passé inaperçu et très peu d’éléments demeurent concernant sa vie et son œuvre

(Born in Paris January 29, 1881 - died in Paris October 12, 1937).

French composer, organist, teacher and choir director.

In parallel with private lessons with Louis Vierne and studies at the Conservatoire de Paris (begun in 1896) in the classes of Paul Vidal, Alexandre Guilmant and Charles Lepneveu (Second prize of Harmony - 1899, First Prize for Fugue - 1904, first prize for organ - 1907 and first prize in piano accompaniment - 1910), Paul Fauchet started his career as organist of Notre-Dame de Versailles. He was choirmaster at St. Thomas Aquinas and was organist of St. Pierre de Chaillot in Paris. He also intermittently led the chorus of the Societé des Concerts du Conservatoire, the Lyric Theater and the Opera Garnier. He was appointed Professor of Harmony in November 1927 at the Paris Conservatory and among his students:were Jacques de la Presle, Raymond Loucheur, George Taconet, José David, Marcel Landowski and Lucien Cailliet. Paul Fauchet, head of the Master of Saint Pierre de Chaillot recorded several 78s for Pathé (works by C. Saint-Saens, Bach and A. Adam). 1937 was the year of the death of Charles-Marie Widor, Louis Vierné and Maurice Ravel, so the untimely death of Paul Fauchet went unnoticed and very few elements remain about his life and his work.

Following the great success of the international edition of the Symphonie pour Musique d’Harmonie (1926) by Paul Fauchet, edited by Michael Etchegoncelay and Felix Hauswirth, Editions Robert Martin decided in partnership with the CDMCGuebwiller, to extend the major new edition of French scores. In co-operation with the Éditions Durand, the collection "Prestige of French Music" is enriched in January 2012 by a second album with one of the most important creations for wind band of all literature, Dionysiaque. It is edited by Swiss conductor Felix Hauswirth with two versions of the score (and parts) now available for sale. The original version that was published for the first time in 1925 is presented in aversion "Urtext," faithful to the wishes of the composer (respecting the incredible original orchestration). Felix Hauswirth has specially prepared a second version in full orchestration "modernized", close to the nomenclature of the anglo-saxon Wind Band. Two fine articles on Dionysiaque are available on the Robert Martin website, www.edrmartin.com