Text Box: HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC INC.

MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD

Price: $150.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

Autographed 4.5” x 6.25” half tone photograph of the prolific Belgian modernist composer to violist Jean Rogister, 1939.

To Quartet Rogister of Liége in memory of the beautiful execution of my 1st Quartet in Paris on 14 February, 1939 with all of my regards, Absil

Absil (1893-1974) was perhaps the most prolific Belgian composer of the 20th Century.  His early influences were Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss and after dabbling in neo-romanticism, he moves on to the current composers of the day, befriending the Les Six composers in Paris and even looked at Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg, though he never considered himself an “atonal” composer. 

The composer studied at the Brussels Conservatoire studying with the Flemish composer Paul Gilson, a devout Wagnerite.  His first major work was a symphony (1921) and he would produce four others during his lifetime.  He won the Prix Agniez for that symphony.  He came in 2nd in the Belgian Prix de Rome competition in 1922.  He won the Rubens prize in 1934.  The 1938 Ysäye Concours commissioned a piano concerto from Absil which was the compulsory piece that year.  (Emil Gilels won the prize in 1938)  From 1922-1964 he was the Director of the  Academíe de Etterbeek in Brussels a music school and today it is known as the Academíe Jean Absil Etterbeek.  From 1930-1959 he taught harmony and counterpoint at the Brussels Conservatoire.  Absil was also a founder of the “Revue Internationale de Musique” which published from 1938-1940 and 1950-1952.  The journal published articles by important composers and musical luminaries of the day; Jacques Chailley, René Leibovitz, Max Pincherle and Guy Ropartz were among the contributors.

As a composer, Absil’s work was voluminous, in addition to 5 symphonies, he composed for the stage one opera, several musicals and two ballets.  For orchestra in addition to his symphonies he wrote a large number of tone poems, concertos for a variety of instruments and multiple instruments and orchestra, chorus and orchestra and oratorios.  He wrote a considerable number of songs, solo piano works and works for a variety of solo instruments and piano, including works for percussion and piano.  There were also four string quartets.

Jean Rogister was the founding violist with the Liége String Quartet.  His biography can be found in our Joseph Guy Ropartz listing.

Two punch holes are on the left as well as a glue mark, else fine.  That said, quite rare!

 

 

           JEAN ABSIL - COMPOSER
Text Box: COMPOSER AUTOGRAPHS

Phone: 212-860-5541  *  Fax: 917-677-8247