Adolphe Blanc-A composer whose music should be heard more often.

These last couple weeks the Charles River Sinfonietta found out that the grants we applied for from the Local Cultural Councils in severalMassachusetts towns  for supporting our chamber music concerts in 2019, in their towns, have been approved. Not only did we get the grant in Plymouth  for doing the Telemann Paris Quartets, but also  our LCC applications were approved in Northborough, Millis,  Methuen, and Hamilton.  Last year in Northborough for their Applefest in September we performed the Beethoven and Blanc septets.   the Blanc Septet was so nicely received we hope to put it in our program again this year and repeat it in  several other towns as well.  Probably all the concerts will be in September.

This Septet by Adolph Blanc really deserves to be heard much more.   It is a pleasure to play and it brought many nice comments from our audience at the 2018 Applefest in Northborough.

Adolph Blanc lived from June 24, 1828 till May 1885.   He was born in ManosqueAlpes-de-Haute-Provence and he  composed lots of chamber music.  He started violin and at the age of 13   he went to the Paris Conservatoire for his violin lessons.  He studied composition there also under Jacques-François-Fromental-Élie Halévy, usually known as Fromental Halévy, known mostly for his operas, who had studied with Cherubini,  and Blanc also composed a one act comic opera Les Deux Billets performed in 1868, but the grand majority of his music was in the Romantic Viennese  tradition of  house  music, or  chamber music, for private performances. His compositions include three string trios, four string quartets, seven string quintets of various configurations, 15 piano trios, piano quartets and quintets, his septet,  as well as settings and arrangements, songs, pieces for piano and violin, choral works and some orchestral works.  His septet opus 40 is one of the only ones that has been performed recently, but it still remains relatively unknown.  His septet opus 40, as well as a sonatine concertante  for two pianos opus 64, a quintet for piano, flute, clarinet, bassoon and   horn opus 37, and a trio for piano, clarinet and cello opus 23, are the only four compositions of his that have been recorded.

He was conductor at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris, 1855 – 1860, and he died in Paris in 1885.

In 2018 we played the Beethoven opus 20 septet along with the Blanc opus 40 Septet at the Northborough Applefest.  In 2019 we hope to do the Blanc opus 40 Septet again with either a septet by  Franz Berwald or one by Carl Amand Mangold,  both composers who lived around the same time as Adolph Blanc.


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