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ARMAND PARENT - VIOLINIST & COMPOSER

Autographed score by the Belgian “brilliant” virtuoso violinist and composer of his first edition edited version of Paganini’s “Perpetuum Mobile” op. 11,  inscribed on the cover wrapper to the French violinist, arranger and editor Joseph Dagand, who has then signed with his ownership autograph on the two violin parts, 1929.  Included is a folio heavy stock folder with the piece identified in Dagand’s calligraphy on the front cover.

 

PAGANINI, (Niccolo), MOUVEMENT PERPÉTUEL, revu et doigté, avec l’indication de plusiers manières de le travailler, par ARMAND PARENT Professeur de la cours Superieur de violin, á la Schola Cantorum de Paris, Édition B. Roudanez, [1929]. 11 pp. piano-violin (B. 665 R.), 4 pp. violin solo (B. 665 R.), 4 pp. Coups D’Archet et Rythmes (B665 Bis R.), Wrapper which contains a blank page, page 11 of the violin-piano version and advertisements on the verso, Prix 3 fr., First edition of the Parent edited version with fingering.

The Parent version is still in print by the French publisher Editions Combre.

Armand Parent (1863 - 1934) Belgian violinist, composer and editor.

Parent studied violin with Désiré Heynberg and Louis Massart and harmony with Serge Dupuis at the Liège Conservatory. Eduard Colonne hired him as his concertmaster of the Orchestra Colonne in 1884 and he remained in that position through 1889.  He played with the Remy Quartet with violinist Guillaume Remy, violist Louis Waefelghem and Jules Delsart in Brussels from 1889 through 1900. (Delsart passed away in 1900 and the Quartet disbanded.) Louis Diemer was their pianist when they performed in Quintets including the Paris Exposition in 1900.  A friendship with Cesar Franck, let to a friendship with Vincent D’Indy and he was named Professor of violin at his Schola Cantorum in 1900 where he taught until his death in 1934.  Parent   championed the works of his friend, Johannes Brahms in Paris.  He performed a number of the French and Belgian premieres of Brahms string quartets with the Remy Quartet.  However, he also arranged for the premieres of many of his works including, but not limited to the Hungarian Rhapsodies for piano solo (Isidor Philipp), Violin Sonata op. 78 (Parent himself), Piano Trio op. 101, Clarinet Trio op. 114 and the Quintet op. 34 with his Quartet and Edouard Risler.  He founded the Parent Quartet in 1892 with himself and fellow Schola Cantorum Professor Emile Loiseau as violinists, Maurice Vieux, violist and Louis Fournier cellist. Ernst Chausson wrote his String Quartet op. 35 for the ensemble which was premiered on January 27, 1900. Joaquin Turina wrote his Piano Quintet in E Major op. 1 in 1907 for the Quartet and performed at the piano at the premiere on May 6, 1907 in Paris and dedicated the work to Parent.   Theodore Dubois wrote his String Quartet #1, for the Quartet in 1909.  Jan Huré wrote his String Quartet #1 for the Quartet in 1917 and dedicated the work to Parent; the first performance date is unknown.

 

As a soloist and in smaller configurations, Parent was the dedicatee, or played the first performances of a number of works by composers of the day. He was the dedicatee and first performer of Florent Schmitt’s Chant du Soir op. 7 in 1895, dedicatee and first performer in “Trio with Piano”, Op. 1 in 1896 by Victor Vreuls,  dedicatee and first performer of Laura Netzel’s “Suite”, Op.62 for violin, piano in 1897, Marcel Labey wrote his Violin Sonata in D Minor and dedicated the work to Parent in 1901, he played the first performance of Victor Vreul’s Sonata #1 in 1901, Albert Roussel wrote his Piano Trio, op 2 in 1902, which he dedicated to Parent and was first performed by Parent, Vieux and pianist Marthe Dron at Salle Pleyel on February 4, 1905, he played the first performance of Paul Wailly’s Violin Sonata #1 in 1903, the first performance of Paul Lacombe’s Violin Sonata #3 in 1903, Vincent d’Indy wrote his violin Sonata for Parent and dedicated it to him, the premiere was February 3, 1905 with the composer at the piano.  Additionally he played the first performances of, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze’s Fantasia Appassionata, Op.53 in 1905 to which he was the dedicatee, he played the first performance of Albert Corbin’s Sonata #1 in 1905 and his Sonata #2 in 1909, he gave the first performance of Paul Dupin’s Violin Sonata in 1912 where he was the dedicatee, he also played in the first performance of Trio with piano by Jean Cras in 1914 where he was the dedicatee. Further he gave the first performances of Rhené-Baton’s Old Suite in 1933 where he was the dedicatee, and two others undated, the Scherzo-Fantaisie for harp and violin by Henriette Renié where he was also the dedicatee and Anselme Vinée’s Violin Sonata #1 where he gave the first performance.

 

As a composer, he wrote original works including, 2 string quartets, a string quintet and a sonata for violin and piano.

 

Parent arranged and provided fingering and bowing for numerous works including the Paganini Perpetuum Mobile and his friend Ernest Chausson’s “Pièce” op. 39.

As a pedagogue he wrote a number of methods and exercises, “Violin Gymnastics”, “Twenty Studies of Virtuosity”, “Violin Studies”, “Violin exercises from Beethoven's 17 quartets” and “Complete Five-part Method”.

 

His pupils included: French composer Guy de Lioncourt, French violinist and composer Madeleine Bloy-Souberbielle, French violinist Marie Boegner, Columbian composer Guillermo Uribe Holguín, Romanian composer George Enacovici, Spanish composer and pianist Joachin Turína, Spanish violinist, pedagogue and monk, Aleix Ildefons Civil Castellvi and American violinist Caryl Bryan Oakes.

 

The violinist in multiple reviews was described as “brilliant” in concert.

 

 

 

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