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JOSEPH GUY ROPARTZ - COMPOSER
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Autographed postcard photograph of the great French composer to Belgian violist Jean Rogister, Strasbourg, May 28, 1929.

 

Roparta writes, To Monsieur J. Rogister and to the excellent conversation, and a thankful memory of the first hearing in Lige of the 3rd quartet, Cordially, J-Guy Ropartz, Str. 28/5/29.

 

Ropartz (1864-1955) was from Brittany. He studied theory and composition with Theodore Dubois and Jules Massenet at the Conservatoire and privately with Cesar Franck. He was a devotee of Francks and his musical style in some way resembles his teacher. He was also influenced by the new music of Claude Debussy. Ropartz from 1894 to 1919 was the Director of the Nancy Conservatoire, then a satellite of the Paris Conservatoire. He also was Music Director of the local symphony concerts in Nancy. From 1919 until his retirement as an educator in 1929, he was the Director of the Strasbourg Conservatoire and Music Director of the Orchestre Municipale, Strasbourg. (Now the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg).

 

As a composer Ropartz was prolific, 5 major symphonies, many tone poems and shorter works for orchestra, 3 operas, 6 string quartets, other chamber works, religious works, works for solo wind and brass, piano works, piano-vocal works and works for voice and orchestra. He frequently wove folk music, especially from his native Brittany into his works. Ropartz wove the Romantic music of his time and also adapted early modernism into his pieces.

 

The 3rd String Quartet in G major was written in 1924 and published in 1926. One of 6 string quartets written by the composer, the work is in four movements, allegro moderato, molto vivace, lento and allegro. The lento movement is absolutely gorgeous and truly transcends the terms of Romanticism and Modernism.

 

Jean Rogister (1879-1964) was a virtuoso violist and a composer. Trained at the Lige Conservatoire, he studied violin, viola and horn, as well as composition. His teachers were Oscar Englebert and Dsir Heynberg for violin and viola and Jean-Thodore Radoux for composition. (Radoux, like Ropartz was also a Franck student.) He was made Professor at the Conservatoire and taught viola from 1900-1945. Rogister wrote his first string Quartet in 1901 and also joined the Charlier Quartet. He would write 7 more in that idiom. He also wrote 3 symphonies, other works for orchestra, numerous violin concert pieces with orchestra, as well as other solo pieces for the instrument as well as songs and even religious work. Vincent DIndy spent time convincing him his compositions were of merit. As a violist he was hired by Leopold Stokowski in 1923 to play 1st desk viola with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He worked with the orchestra for 10 months before deciding to go home and continue his life in Lige. Whilst Rogister also played with the Cercle Ad Artem, the Chaumont Quartet and the Piano et Archets, his real calling came when he founded the Lige Quartet with fellow Lige Conservatoire faculty, violinists Henri Koch, Josef Beck and his second wife cellist Lyde Rogister-Schor. Together, they became quite a sensation throughout Europe and in the U.S. Several of his string quartets were written especially for the group. Additionally he was a member of the Association pour l'Etude de la Musique de Chambre, a group dedicated to the discovery and performance of chamber works of the past.

 

One small repaired tear at top that can be seen in the scan. Rare item!