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Nocturne, Op 43

composer

 
Alphonse Hasselmans was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1845 and studied in Strasbourg with Gottlieb Krüger who himself had been a student of Parish-Alvars (see below). In 1884 he became professor of harp at the Paris Conservatoire, a position he held until his death in 1912. Hasselmans played a major role in the revival of interest in harp-playing towards the end of the nineteenth century. A good many compositions by other composers were inspired by his virtuoso playing and were dedicated to him, among them being Fauré’s Impromptu, Op 86. Hasselmans himself did not attach much importance to his own compositions but his charming salon pieces added greatly to the harp’s repertoire, not least in their technical value.

from notes by Susan Drake © 1989

Alphonse Hasselmans (né à Liège, en Belgique, en 1845) étudia à Strasbourg avec Gottlieb Krüger, lui-même ancien élève de Parish-Alvars (cf. infra). Devenu professeur de harpe au Conservatoire de Paris en 1884 (il le resta jusqu’à sa mort, en 1912), il joua un rôle majeur dans le regain d’intérêt dont bénéficia le jeu de la harpe vers la fin du XIXe siècle. Bien des compositeurs lui dédièrent leurs œuvres inspirées par son jeu virtuose, tel l’Impromptu, op. 86 de Fauré. Hasselmans n’attachait guère d’importance à ses propres compositions, mais ses charmantes pièces de salon contribuèrent énormément au répertoire pour harpe, d’abord par leur valeur technique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Susan Drake © 1989
Français: Hypérion

Alphonse Hasselmans wurde 1845 in Liège in Belgien geboren und studierte in Straßburg bei Gottlieb Krüger, der selbst ein Schüler von Parish-Alvars (s.u.) gewesen war. 1884 wurde er Professor für Harfe am Pariser Conservatoire, ein Posten den er bis zu seinem Tod im Jahre 1912 innehatte. Hasselmans spielte beim Wiedererwecken des Interesses am Harfenspiel gegen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts eine wichtige Rolle. Mit seinem virtuosen Spiel inspirierte er viele Werke anderer Komponisten, die ihm gewidmet wurden, darunter auch Faurés Impromptu, op. 86. Hasselmans maß seinen eigenen Kompositionen keine große Wichtigkeit bei, jedoch erweiterten seine eleganten Salonstücke das Harfenrepertoire beträchtlich, nicht zuletzt aufgrund ihres technischen Wertes.

aus dem Begleittext von Susan Drake © 1989
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Caprices & Fantasies
CDH55130Archive Service

Details

Track 7 on CDH55130 [4'01] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDH55130 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-34007
Duration
4'01
Recording date
8 December 1988
Recording venue
Kimpton Parish Church, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Caprices & Fantasies (CDA66340)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: September 1989
    Deletion date: February 2004
    Superseded by CDH55130
  2. Caprices & Fantasies (CDH55130)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: February 2004
    Deletion date: December 2014
    Archive Service
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