Hersant - Fantaisies pour cordes | Megadisc MDC7873

Hersant - Fantaisies pour cordes

Label: Megadisc

Cat No: MDC7873

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th April 2016



The French composer, Philippe Hersant, was born in Rome. His studies included literature as well as music and he took harmony classes with Georges Hugon before entering André Jolivet’s composition class at the Paris Conservatoire in 1968, receiving his undergraduate degree in literature that same year. From 1970 to 1972, Philippe Hersant went on to teach music and to become a producer at the radio station France Musiques. In 1978 he became a resident at the Villa Médicis thanks to the support of Henri Dutilleux and Gilbert Amy. It was during this period that he truly came into his own as a composer. He composed a number of shorter and more dynamic works for small instrumental ensembles before returning to orchestral and greater forms with his Second Concerto for cello and the ballet Hurlevent (Palais-Garnier, 2002).

Today, Philippe Hersant defines himself as a tonal composer willing to turn music’s entire heritage – from Monteverdi to Janacek to Stockhausen – to his advantage. As a composer, he lives by a few precepts: to be personal rather than to seek innovation at all costs, to avoid greyness and to surprise.

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