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Jacques Ibert

Jacques François Antoine Marie Ibert (15 August 1890 – 5 February 1962) was a French composer of classical music. Having studied music from an early age, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire and won its top prize, the Prix de Rome at his first attempt, despite studies interrupted by his service in World War I.

Ibert pursued a successful composing career, writing (sometimes in collaboration with other composers) seven operas, five ballets, incidental music for plays and films, works for piano solo, choral works, and chamber music. He is probably best remembered for his orchestral works including Divertissement (1930) and Escales (1922).

As a composer, Ibert did not attach himself to any of the prevalent genres of music of his time, and has been described as an eclectic. This is seen even in his best-known pieces: Divertissement, for small orchestra is lighthearted, even frivolous, and Escales (1922) is a ripely romantic work for large orchestra.

In tandem with his creative work, Ibert was the director of the Académie de France at the Villa Medici in Rome. During World War II he was proscribed by the pro-Nazi government in Paris, and for a time he went into exile in Switzerland. Restored to his former eminence in French musical life after the war, his final musical appointment was in charge of the Paris Opera and the Opéra-Comique.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 15th, 1890 (Paris), Died February 5th, 1962 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-38251 10-in. 4/8/1927 Le petit ane blanc Guiomar Novaës Piano solo composer  
Victor BS-84779 10-in. 10/26/1934 Le marchande d'eau fraiche Emma Boynet Piano solo composer  
Victor BS-84780 10-in. 10/26/1934 Le petit ane blanc Emma Boynet Piano solo composer  
Victor CS-102853 12-in. 7/1/1936 Divertissement Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-102854 12-in. 7/1/1936 Divertissement Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-102855 12-in. 7/1/1936 Divertissement Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-102856 12-in. 7/1/1936 Divertissement Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Brunswick E33296 10-in. 6/30/1930 Le petit âne blanc Ignace Hilsberg Piano solo composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ibert, Jacques," accessed July 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102464.

Ibert, Jacques. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102464.

"Ibert, Jacques." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102464

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