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Jean Roger-Ducasse (1873-1954): The Complete Piano Music / Martin Jones, piano

Album Summary

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Barcarolle for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Preludes (6), for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Prelude for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etude for piano in G sharp minor
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etudes (4) for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Variations sur un Choral, for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etude en Sixtes, for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Rythmes, for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etude for piano in A flat major
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Arabesques..., for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Esquisses, for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Arabesques..., for piano no 2
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Sonorités, for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Barcarolle for piano no 2
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Barcarolle for piano no 3
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Impromptu for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Chant de l'aube, for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Romance for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Petite Suite, for piano, 4 hands
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Prélude d'un Ballet, reduction for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Au jardin de Marguerite, interlude for piano
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etudes for piano, 4 hands ("Pour un Commençant")
>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Passacaglia, transcribed for piano (after Bach, BWV582)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jean Roger-Ducasse was born in Bordeaux on 18 April 1873. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire from 1892 and in 1895, along with Ravel, joined the composition class of Gabriel Fauré. In 1902 he won the second Grand Prix de Rome with his cantata Alcyone, with Ravel gaining fourth prize. He had a very active role in musical life in Paris founding the Société Musicale Indépendante in 1909 and gaining the position of inspector general for the teaching of singing in Paris schools in 1910. His circle included Fauré, to whom he was a close friend, the famed pianist Marguerite Long, who performed his Six Preludes in 1912, and Debussy, who Roger-Ducasse joined for the premiere of En Blanc et Noir in 1916. In 1935 he succeeded Paul Dukas as Professor of Composition at the Paris Conservatoire, a post he held until the outbreak of World War II after which he retired to Bordeaux. He died in Taillan-Médoc, Gironde on 19 July 1954. Roger-Ducasse's compositions include several songs, two string quartets, numerous orchestral and choral pieces, two stage works and a sizeable group of piano pieces. Contrary to the music of Ravel and Debussy Roger-Ducasse's style is not impressionist but descends from Chopin and more closely aligns with Fauré. The piano music, composed 1906-1923, is typical of his musical language: complex and chromatic, but perfectly formed. It is now high-time to revisit the works of this unjustly forgotten talent.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
Roger-Ducasse's is more for lovers of angst than of optimism and there is little in the nature of display... in the major works Jones, an intrepid explorer of so many of music's unjustifiably neglected byways, is a master of every aspect of his daunting task, of music that is 'largely intellectual, which is both its strength and its limitation'... he makes it difficult to imagine performances of a greater lucidity and command.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, M (06/08/2013); Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, M (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-).



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>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Barcarolle for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Preludes (6), for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Prelude for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etude for piano in G sharp minor
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etudes (4) for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Variations sur un Choral, for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etude en Sixtes, for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Rythmes, for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etude for piano in A flat major
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Arabesques..., for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Esquisses, for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Arabesques..., for piano no 2
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Sonorités, for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Barcarolle for piano no 2
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Barcarolle for piano no 3
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Impromptu for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Chant de l'aube, for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Romance for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Petite Suite, for piano, 4 hands
  • Performers: Adrian Farmer (Piano); Adrian Farmer (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Prélude d'un Ballet, reduction for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Au jardin de Marguerite, interlude for piano
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Etudes for piano, 4 hands ("Pour un Commençant")
  • Performers: Adrian Farmer (Piano); Adrian Farmer (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Roger-Ducasse, Jean : Passacaglia, transcribed for piano (after Bach, BWV582)
  • Performers: Martin Jones (Piano); Martin Jones (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation, Wyastone Leys, Monmouthy UK (2014-03-17&2014-03-18&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern