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Claude Arrieu (1903-1990)

Claude Arrieu A prolific French composer, who studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Dukas, among others, taking first prize for composition in 1932. Her music had the ease of flow and elegance of structure that typified Parisian neo-classicism, while avoiding the often concomitant frivolity. Vivacity, clarity of expression and a natural feel for melody were her hall marks. Her radio score Frederic General won a Prix Italia in 1949. Her music included several stage works, concertos and numerous wind chamber pieces.


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Wind Dixtuor. 1967
1. Allegretto moderato. 2. Moderato - Allegro scherzando - Andante - Tempo primo. 3. Andante - Allegro scherzando.
2 fl, ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, hn, tpt, tbn
The humerous first movement has slightly grotesque leaps in the main theme. An intermezzo quality characterises the outer sections of the second movement, around a brief scherzando. Next, a pastoral 6/8 precedes a bustling second scherzando. The singing wind writing is taken up again in the Cantabile, and the whole is rounded off with an energetic finale, which ends in a characteristicly french gesture - with surprising gentleness.
Published Billaudot, 14 rue de l'Echiquier, Paris 10ieme, France



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