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Although born in Paris, Koechlin’s family background was Alsatian, rich and bourgeois. He inherited what he termed an Alsatian temperament—a mixture of energy, naivety and an absolute, simple sincerity that lies at the heart of his music and character. The key words in his artistic credo were freedom and independence, tempered of course by discipline and craftsmanship. In some respects, Koechlin was similar to Charles Ives in that music flowed from him in a ‘stream of consciousness’, completely without concessions or thoughts of commercial success, and both composers admired the transcendentalist philosophies of Emerson and Thoreau. Like Ives, Koechlin left a large corpus of sensitive and original songs that are still not widely known.
from notes by Robert Orledge © 2010