Personalities | Jacques Ibert | Modern Era | Classical

(Zhak E-bâr’) 1890–1962
French composer

Ibert won the coveted Prix de Rome, and shocked those who awarded it with the non-academic levity of the pieces he wrote in Rome. His best-known work is the uproarious Divertissement (1930), but it has distracted attention from an accomplished opera (L’Aiglon, ‘The Young Eagle’, 1937, written in collaboration with Honegger), some fine chamber music, including a string quartet, and such effective ‘serious’ orchestral works as the suite Escales (‘Ports of Call’, 1922).

Recommended Recording:
Divertissement, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra (cond) Jean Martinon (Decca)

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