JOSEPH GUY ROPARTZ (1864-1955): Dans l’ombre de la montagne, Un Prélude Dominical et Six Pièces à danser pour chaque jour de la semaine, Choral varié, La Chanson de Marguerite: Caprice Valse, Op. 5, First-Love: Bluette, Op. 6 (All World Premiere Recordings).
Catalogue Number: 01R049
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0326
Description: A 34-minute sequence of seven pieces, 1913’s Dans l’ombre implies through its titles (Sur la Route, Paysage, Vieille Église et al.) a narrative sequence - here a walker’s trip through a particular countryside - by setting out all of its main musical ideas in a prelude. An idée fixe also appears and is varied in its later appearances throughout; Breton folksong is also suggested in certain places. From 1928-29, Un Prélude... is a piano version of a ballet score depicting the days of the week and the Wagnerian chromaticism of the previous work has evolved into colorful impressionistic harmonies. Choral varié (1904) has Franckian pedigree while the two pieces with opus numbers, quite early (both from 1886), are dance pieces in popular style predating Ropartz’ formal composition studies. Stephanie McCallum (piano).