Biography of Charles Koechlin (1867-1950)

27.11.1867
Born in Paris into a manufacturers family from Alsace
1873
First piano lessons
1882
First composition attempts
1887
Studies at the polytechnical school in Paris with determination astronomer
1889
break up of the technical studies and turn to music
1890
Studies with Gedalge, Massenet and after his retirement with Faure (1896) in Paris.
1898
Assistant of Faure and doing the orchestrations of his work
1903
Marriage with Suzanne Pierrard. They have five children.
1909
Co-founder of the Societe Musicale Independante together with Ravel, Schmitt, Faure and Caplet.
he was a friend of Debussy, Satie, Roussel and Milhaud
1917
Financial problems force him to write books and teach music. Among his students are Germaine Tailleferre, Francis Poulenc, Roger Desormiere and Darius Milhaud
Four journeys for recitations to America
1937
Lectorship at the Schola cantorum in Paris
1939
Shockes by the political events and the beginning war, composing stopped for about two years.
31.12.1950
Dies in Le Canadel
From 1899 to 1950 Koechlin composed 29 works for flute.
His four volume publication about orchestration is sort of a bible regarding orchestration of 20th century music

Sheet music for flute:

14 piéces pour flûte et piano
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(flute, piano)
Rating: easy
  1. I - Vielle Chanson (Andante con moto)
  2. II - Gai, assez anime
  3. III - Andante espressivo
  4. IV - Moderato con moto
  5. V - Allegro moderato
  6. VI - Andante quasi adagio
  7. VII - Beau soir (Large)
  8. VIII - Andantino
  9. IX - Allegretto con moto
  10. X - Allegretto quasi Andantino
  11. XI - Allegretto
  12. XII - Danse Printaniere
  13. XIII - Marche Funebre
  14. XIV - Allegro moderato
Fourteen easy and short pieces, which are, as often with Koechlin, simple but beautiful.


Deux Nocturnes op. 32 bis
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(flute, horn in F, piano)
Rating: difficult
  1. Venise
  2. Dans la Forêt
For flute and piano startin with 4b, followed by 5#.
Early composition from around the turn of the century. Premiere posthum in 1965.


Divertissement op. 90
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(2 flutes, alto flute (clarinet))
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Très calme
  2. Allegretto quasi Andante (sans lenteur)
  3. Final
Parts and score (also for the alternative clarinet). Partly without bar lines.


Épitaphe de Jean Harlow op. 164
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(flute, alto sax, piano (harp))
Editions Max Eschig, M. E. 7344
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Andantino, sans trainer
Inspired by the early death of the 26 year old actress, dedicated to Jean Harlow in 1937.


Les Chants de Nectaire
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(flute)
Gerard Billaudot, G. 3031 B.
Rating: difficult
  1. Préambule
  2. Naissance de la vie
  3. Jeunesse du monde
  4. Les tranquilles clartés de l'intelligence
  5. Criblent de flèches l'erreur et la bêtise
  6. Le rire vainqueur
  7. La plainte humaine
  8. Lumière, modération, équilibre
  9. Le jardin des muses
  10. Les vrilles de la vigne
  11. Gaieté du matin ensoleillé
  12. Méditation sur la douleur humaine
This edition is quite old and from a second hand book shop. In a newer edition at Billaudot the pieces are available again.


Morceau de lecture pour la Flûte op. 218 (d-moll)
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(flute, piano)
Gerard Billaudot, G.4851 B.
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Adagio


Pastorale op. 75 bis
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(flute, clarinet in H flat, piano)
Rating: easy
  1. Allegretto (tres modere)
For each woodwind only one page. Unfortunately it is a really thin, touchy paper which will probably not last long if really worked with.
Duration is given with two and a half minutes.


Sonatine Modale op. 155
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(flute, clarinet in A)
Editions Max Eschig, 7783
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Andante moderato
  2. Allegro moderato
  3. Andantino
  4. Assez large, expansif
  5. Allegro (non troppo)
two scores
Very beautiful melody.


Stèle Funéraire
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(flute/piccolo/alto flute)
Rating: easy
  1. Presque adagio
The parts for alto flute are not transposed.


CDs with/from Charles Koechlin

Dirk Altmann, Joachim Bänsch, Mila Georgieva, Ingrid Philippi, Tatjana Ruhland, Libor Sima, Christina Singer, Yaara Tal
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  1. Epitaphe de Jean Harlow op. 164 (1937) (03:44:00)
  2. Trio (Divertissement) op. 91 (1923-1924):
  3. I. Tres calme (03:25:00)
  4. II. Allegretto quasi andante (sans lenteur) (01:02:00)
  5. III. Final - Allegro, bien decide (03:40:00)
  6. Suite en quatuor op. 55 (1911-15):
  7. I. Moderato quasi andante (03:45:00)
  8. II. Andante quasi adagio (02:34:00)
  9. Suite en quatuor op. 55 (1911-15) (04:26:00)
  10. Trio op. 92:
  11. Lent (quasi adagio) (02:23:00)
  12. Moderato sans lenteur (03:17:00)
  13. Trio op. 92 (04:59:00)
  14. Sonate pour deux flutes op. 75 (1918-1920):
  15. Assez lent (03:40:00)
  16. Allegretto scherzando (00:54:00)
  17. Sonate pour deux flutes op. 75 (1918-1920) (03:08:00)
  18. Deux Nocturnes op. 32 bis (1897-1907):
  19. Venise (Andante con moto) (02:52:00)
  20. Dans la Foret (Adagio) (02:52:00)
  21. Sonatine modale op. 155a (1936-1937):
  22. Andante moderato (00:54:00)
  23. Allegro moderato (00:49:00)
  24. Andantino (sans trainer) (01:30:00)
  25. Assez large, expansif (01:36:00)
  26. Allegro (non troppo) (00:59:00)
  27. Piece de flute pour lecture a vue op. 218 (1948) - Adagio (02:00:00)
  1. Preambule (03:51:00)
  2. Naissance de la vie (Birth of life) (02:18:00)
  3. Jeux de la lumiere (Patterns of light) (01:55:00)
  4. Clarte de l'Exprit (Clarity of mind) (02:22:00)
  5. Jeunesse du monde (Youth of the world) (01:20:00)
  6. Les tranquilles clartes de l'Intelligence.... (Insights of calm intelligence) (01:00:00)
  7. ...criblent de fleches l'Erreur et la betise (...pierce with bolts Error and Stupidity) (00:40:00)
  8. Le Rire vainqueur (Mocking laughter) (00:46:00)
  9. Gaite de la lumiere (Fun with light) (01:16:00)
  10. Les vaines querelles (a quoi bon?) (Vain quarrels - what's the point?) (01:46:00)
  11. La Tendresse (Tenderness) (03:12:00)
  12. La Plainte humaine (The lament of mankind) (02:19:00)
  13. La Nuit (Night) (02:53:00)
  14. Souffle du Printemps sur la mer (Breaths of Spring on the sea) (01:01:00)
  15. Lumiere - moderation - equilibre (Light - moderation - equilibrium) (02:55:00)
  16. L'Amour (Love) (01:44:00)
  17. La Pitie (Pity) (02:06:00)
  18. Pour les ames souffrantes (For suffering souls) (02:09:00)
  19. Le Jardin des Muses (The garden of the Muses) (01:23:00)
  20. Les Vrilles de la Vigne (The tendrils of the vine) (01:02:00)
  21. Les Heures douces (Happy hours) (02:11:00)
  22. La Crainte (Fear) (02:22:00)
  23. Idylle  (00:54:00)
  24. Clair de lune sur la mer (Moonlight on the sea) (01:59:00)
  25. L'Elan vers la vie (Bursting into life) (00:49:00)
  26. "Le Desir qui cree les Mondes" (The desire whicht all worlds are born of) (02:26:00)
  27. L'Effort de l'Homme (Human effort) (03:46:00)
  28. Le Vaincu medite (THoughts in defeat) (01:49:00)
  29. Le Soir (Evening) (01:34:00)
  30. Le Calme du Sage (The sage's calm) (02:00:00)
  31. Gaite du matin ensoleille (Fun on a sunny morning) (01:07:00)
  32. Meditation sur la couleur humaine (Meditation on human sorrow) (05:16:00)
  33. A l'ombre, par une fraiche matinee de printemps (In the shade, on a cool Spring morning) (00:50:00)
  34. La claire foret (The clear forest) (02:16:00)
  35. Jeux dans la clairiere (Games in the clearing) (00:56:00)
  36. Le Bois Sacre (The Sacred Wood) (02:18:00)
  37. Le Bruissement des feuilles (The fluttering of leaves) (01:15:00)
  38. Boire a l'ombre, en ete (Drinking in the shade, in Summer) (00:54:00)
  39. Danse de nymphes, au soleil (Nymph dance, in the sun) (00:40:00)
  40. Jeux de Naiades (Water nymph games) (01:16:00)
  41. Fraicheur des beaux matins de la montagne (Chill of fine mornings in the mountains) (01:27:00)
  42. Le Chevrier (The goatherd) (01:22:00)
  43. Danse de Faunes (Faun dance) (00:43:00)
  44. "Mollesque sub arbore somni..." (02:51:00)
  45. La mer aux bruits innombrables (The sea whose unnumbered noises) (02:15:00)
  46. Endymion, berger (Endymion the shepherd) (02:03:00)
  47. Le Satyre (00:40:00)
  48. "Majoresque cadunt altis de montibus umbrae" (01:40:00)
  49. Caprice du Faune (The fauns's caprice) (00:46:00)
  50. Sur la mort d'un chat (On the death of a cat) (02:19:00)
  51. Purete du matin sur la greve (Purity of morning on the shore) (01:17:00)
  52. L'"Heureux petit berger" (The "Happy shepherd boy") (01:12:00)
  53. Calme du soir (Calm of evening) (02:11:00)
  54. Brise fraiche du matin sur la mer (Cool morning breeze on the sea) (00:57:00)
  55. "O fortunatos nimium... agricolas" (02:04:00)
  56. Soir lumineux (Bright evening) (01:39:00)
  57. Gaite du Printemps dans la Foret (Spring fun in the forest) (00:58:00)
  58. "Tityre, Tu patulae recubans sub tegmine fagi" (03:09:00)
  59. Danses dans la foret (Danses in the forest) (01:24:00)
  60. "At secura quies..." (01:44:00)
  61. "Formosi pecoris custos, formosior ipse" (01:40:00)
  62. "Les oiseaux sont ivres..." ("The birds are drunk...") (01:11:00)
  63. Silene (Silenus) (01:16:00)
  64. Pour le cortege de Dionysos (For the procession of Dionysos) (01:15:00)
  65. Priere dans le mode dorien (Prayer in the Dorian mode) (02:34:00)
  66. Reponse a la divinite tutelaire (REply to the tutelary divinity) (02:24:00)
  67. Priere d'un malade (Prayer of someone sick) (03:26:00)
  68. Cortege de jeunes filles (Procession of maidens) (01:29:00)
  69. Danse au soleil du matin dans la campagne (Dance in the morning sun in the countryside) (00:57:00)
  70. Cortege d'ephebes (Procession of youths) (02:08:00)
  71. Priere des enfants (Children's prayer) (01:50:00)
  72. Danses pour saluer le retour du printemps (Dances to greet the return of Spring) (01:41:00)
  73. Epithalames (02:15:00)
  74. Priere de l'epouse dont le mari est parti a la guerre (Prayer of the wife whose husband has gone to war) (01:27:00)
  75. Danse pour celebrer le retour du Pere (Dance to greet the return of the Father) (00:58:00)
  76. Priere funeraire (Funeral prayer) (02:52:00)
  77. Danses pour celebrer d'heureuses fiancailles (Dances to celebrate happy betrothals) (00:55:00)
  78. Priere des orphelins (Orphans' prayer) (02:52:00)
  79. Incantation pour guerir un cerveau malade (Spell to cure a sick brain) (01:50:00)
  80. Tityre remercie les Dieux (Tityrus thanks the Gods) (00:52:00)
  81. Hymne du philosophe devant la nuit d'etoiles (Canticle of the philosopher gazing at the night stars) (01:45:00)
  82. Danses d'adolescents devant la maison heureuse (Dances of youths in front of the happy home) (01:32:00)
  83. Le Maitre enseigne a ses eleves la vie harmonieuse des Sages antiques (The Master teaches his pupils the harmonious lives of the ancient Sages) (01:18:00)
  84. Ronde joyeuse dans les pres fleuris (Joyful ring dance in the flowery meadows) (00:51:00)
  85. Priere aux Sages de la Foret (Prayer to the Forest Sages) (02:00:00)
  86. Priere aux dieux protecteurs du foyer (Prayer to the Hearth Gods) (02:07:00)
  87. Priere de l'aieule (Grandmother's second prayer) (03:34:00)
  88. Autre priere de l'aieule (Grandmother's second prayer) (01:47:00)
  89. "Danse" (01:32:00)
  90. Cortege (01:31:00)
  91. Incantation pour ecarter les mauvais esprits (Spell to drive off evil spirits) (01:00:00)
  92. Danses des Faunes familiers (Dances of the familiar Fauns) (01:20:00)
  93. Cortege (02:57:00)
  94. Priere pour guerir un malade (Prayer to cure someone sick) (02:33:00)
  95. Autre priere pour la guerison (Second prayer for cure) (01:40:00)
  96. Cortege d'actions de grace ("Thanksgiving" procession) (04:01:00)
Sehr sprechend vorgetragen, schöner Klang und ich mag Koechlin in seiner sanglichen Einfachheit. Aber 3 CDs am Stück Flöte ganz alleine, das ist auch für mich anstrengend. Also dosiert genießen. Das ist ein besonderes Werk, wie ich finde.
Flute Music of France (1989)
  1. Gabriel Faure: Fantaisie Op. 79 (05:03:00)
  2. Louis Aubert: Madrigal (04:20:00)
  3. Albert Roussel: Joueurs de Flute:
  4. Pan (03:07:00)
  5. Tityre (01:05:00)
  6. Krishna (03:10:00)
  7. Mr. de la Pejaudie (01:34:00)
  8. Gabriel Faure: Morceau de Concours (02:49:00)
  9. Charles Koechlin: 14 Pieces pour Flute et piano Op. 157 (12:16:00)
  10. Jean-Michel Damase: Nocturne (02:14:00)
  11. Philippe Gaubert: Madrigal (03:48:00)
  12. Camille Saint-Saëns: Romance op. 37 (05:43:00)
  13. Francis Poulenc: Sonata:
  14. Allegro malinconico (04:15:00)
  15. Cantilena (04:14:00)
  16. Presto giocoso (03:28:00)
Markus Brönnimann, Michael Kleiser, Jean-Philippe Vivier
Music for Flute, Clarinet & Piano (2003)
Charles Koechlin - Maurice Emmanuel
jpc
    Maurice Emmanuel: Sonata op. 11:
  1. Allegro con spirito (04:17:00)
  2. Adagio (04:51:00)
  3. Molto allegro e leggierissimo (03:38:00)
  4. Charles Koechlin: Flute Sonata op. 52:
  5. Adagio molto tranquillo (04:09:00)
  6. Mouvement de Sicilienne - Allegretto très modéré mais sans trainer (03:12:00)
  7. Final - Animé et gai (06:09:00)
  8. Charles Koechlin: Clarinet Sonata No. 1 Op. 85:
  9. Allegro , bien décidé et rythmé (02:35:00)
  10. Andante quasi adagio (03:51:00)
  11. Final - Allegro moderato sans lenteur, bien allant mais sans précipiter le rythme (03:08:00)
  12. Charles Koechlin: Clarinet Sonata No. 2 Op. 86:
  13. Allegro ben moderato (02:53:00)
  14. Andante con moto (03:02:00)
  15. Allegro sans traîner (02:50:00)
  16. Charles Koechlin: Sonatine modale Op. 155a:
  17. Andante moderato (dans le caractère d'une chansonpopulaire) (01:10:00)
  18. Allegro moderato (lumineux et gai) (01:10:00)
  19. Andantino (sans trîner) (01:26:00)
  20. Assez large, expansif (01:57:00)
  21. Allegro (non troppo) (00:00:01)
  22. Charles Koechlin: Three pieces from op. 178:
  23. Allegretto con moto (mais pas réellement allegro) (00:59:00)
  24. Andante con moto (01:27:00)
  25. Tempo de Sicilienne (02:24:00)
  26. Charles Koechlin: Pastorale Op. 75 bis:
  27. Allegretto (03:17:00)

Literature von/über Charles Koechlin

Last edit 18.01.2014