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Will-o'-the-Wisp 'Feux Follets'

composer

 
Alphonse Hasselmans was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1845 and studied in Strasbourg, Germany, 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 which 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 © 1983

Alphonse Hasselmans naquit en 1845 à Liège, en Belgique, et étudia à Strasbourg, en Allemagne, avec Gottlieb Kruger, lui-même élève de Parish-Alvars (voir plus bas). En 1884 il devint professeur de harpe au Conservatoire de Paris, poste qu’il occupera jusqu’à sa mort en 1912. Hasselmans joua un rôle majeur dans le regain d’intérêt pour la harpe à la fin du XIXe siècle. Bon nombre de morceaux d’autres compositeurs s’inspireront du jeu de ce virtuose et lui seront dédiés, notamment l’Impromptu de Fauré, Op 86. Hasselmans n’attachait pas une grande importance lui-même à ses propres compositions mais ses charmantes pièces de salon ajouteront des morceaux de choix au répertoire de la harpe, non seulement sur le plan harmonique mais aussi sur le plan technique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Susan Drake © 1983
Français: Marie Luccheta

Alphonse Hasselmans wurde 1845 in Lüttich, Belgien geboren und studierte in Straßburg, Deutschland bei Gottlieb Krüger, der wiederum Schüler von Parish-Alvars war (siehe unten). 1884 wurde Hasselmans zum Professor für Harfe am Pariser Conservatoire ernannt, eine Position, die er bis zu seinem Tod 1912 begleitete. Hasselmans spielte eine wichtige Rolle bei der Wiederbelebung des Interesses am Harfenspiel gegen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts. Recht viele Stücke verdanken ihre Entstehung der Anregung, die Komponisten von seinem virtuosen Spiel empfingen, und davon sind wiederum viele Hasselmans gewidmet, unter ihnen auch Faurés Impromtu, op. 86. Hasselmans wertete seine eigenen Kompositionen nicht besonders hoch, aber seine charmanten Salonstücke haben das Harfenrepertoire erheblich bereichert, nicht zuletzt in spieltechnischer Hinsicht.

aus dem Begleittext von Susan Drake © 1983
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

Recordings

Arabesque
CDH55129Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 2 on CDH55129 [2'26] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDH55129 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-11602
Duration
2'26
Recording date
10 October 1983
Recording venue
Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Arabesque (CDA66116)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: February 1988
    Deletion date: July 2003
    Superseded by CDH55129
  2. Arabesque (CDH55129)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: July 2003
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Licensing
1.Audio tour Renoir Landscapes: National Gallery, London, 2007
2.Audio tour Picasso - Challenging the Past: National Gallery, London
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