Personalities | Henri Duparc | Late Romantic | Classical

(On-re’ Düpärk’) 1848–1933
French composer

Duparc’s small but exquisite output influenced the development of French ‘mélodie’ through Fauré and Debussy. Duparc studied with Franck, whose circle he joined alongside Chausson, Chabrier and D’Indy, absorbing the Wagnerian style through visits to Bayreuth and Munich. From 1868 to 1884 Duparc produced the 13 songs upon which his reputation is founded: each is a miniature gem, intimate and intense, with ravishing interaction between lyrical voice and expressive piano. His other works include Feuilles volantes (‘Falling Leaves’, 1867–69) for piano, and two symphonic poems, but he ceased composing in 1885 because of a nervous ailment, and spent his remaining years in increasing religious contemplation, finally moving to Switzerland.

Recommended Recording:
Mélodies, Bernard Kruysen, Noel Lee (Auvidis Valois)

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