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BRENTA, Gaston

Gaston BRENTA (Brussels 1902-1969) was a pupil of Paul Gilson before joining the movement “les Synthétistes”. His first important work, an opera called “Le Khadi dupé”, for which he wrote the libretto and the music, was played at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in 1929.

In 1931 he was appointed to the Belgian Radio Broadcasting Institute (today RTBF), where, from 1953 on, he created and managed the record collection and led the French musical programmes. He was the author of some fifty compositions, including two concertos for piano and orchestra (the second was the compulsory piece for the 1968 Queen Elisabeth Competition), a symphony, a string quartet, a suite for woodwind quintet, two ballets, an oratorio, a symphonic poem, works for trumpet, drums, bassoon, etc. His works are lively, orchestrated and pay close attention to the melodic line.

Gaston Brenta also published a “Panorama de la Musique belge au XIXe siècle”, “Notes brèves sur les symphonies de Beethoven”, a detailed biography of Paul Gilson and a study on “Adolphe Sax et la facture instrumentale”.

[Jean-Georges Casier, © CeBeDeM ; English translation ©2004 by CeBeDeM]

works

  • Airs variés, 1963
    bassoon and piano 00:20:00
  • Alleluia, 1967
    men's choir a cappella 00:02:00
  • Aria pour cordes, 1946
    string orchestra 00:04:30
  • Arioso et moto perpetuo, 1940
    orchestra 00:08:00
  • Aucassin et Nicolette, 1934
    Soloists, Narrators and orchestra 01:30:00
  • Berceuse, 1924
    violin and piano 00:02:30
  • Brabant, 1948
    solo and mixed choir a cappella 00:04:30
  • Candide, 1955
    orchestra 00:26:00
  • Candide, 1955
    orchestra 01:05:00
  • Charleston - caprice, 1927
    2 pianos 00:03:00
  • Chevauchée à l'Aube, 1926
    Soprano and piano 00:03:00
  • Chevauchée fantastique, 1926
    chamber orchestra 00:02:00
  • Concertino, 1958
    trumpet and piano 00:09:30
  • Concertino, 1963
    5 aerophonic instruments, double bass, piano and percussion 00:07:00
  • Concerto, 1953
    two pianos 00:20:00
  • Concerto, 1953
    piano and orchestra 00:20:00
  • Concerto n°2, 1968
    piano and orchestra 00:17:30
  • Concerto n°2, 1968
    2 pianos 00:17:30
  • Cramignon, 1959
    S. solo and choir a cappella 00:04:10
  • Dessin animé, 1940
    harp 00:03:00
  • Dimanche après-midi en Flandre, 1923
    middle voice and piano 00:02:00
  • En route, 1939
    Soprano or Tenor and orchestra 00:03:00
  • En route, 1939
    Soprano or Tenor and piano 00:03:00
  • Etude de concert, 1931
    piano 00:08:00
  • Fanfare, 1935
    fanfare 00:00:00
  • Fanfare héroique, 1945
    brass and percussion 00:04:00
  • Fanfares pour le Roi, 1960
    4 trumpets and timpani 00:04:20
  • Farandole burlesque, 1951
    orchestra 00:07:45
  • Héraclès, 1955
    Narrator, speech choir and orchestra 01:25:00
  • Il était une fois un petit soldat, 1945
    middle voice and piano 00:08:00
  • Impromptu en sib majeur, 1926
    piano 00:07:00
  • In Memoriam Paul Gilson, 1944
    band 00:08:00
  • In Memoriam Paul Gilson, 1944
    fanfare 00:08:00
  • La boîte à soldats, 1937
    orchestra 00:03:00
  • Le bal chez la Lorette, 1954
    orchestra 00:14:00
  • Le Khadi dupé, 1929
    opera 01:15:00
  • Le printemps, 1922
    Soprano and piano 00:02:00
  • Le savetier et le financier, 1937
    Baritone and grand orchestra 00:08:00
  • Le soldat fanfaron, 1952
    flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon 00:10:00
  • Marche barbare, 1926
    piano 00:03:00
  • Masikini, 1939
    high voice and piano 00:03:00
  • Masikini, 1939
    high voice and orchestra 00:03:00
  • Matinée d'été, 1967
    orchestra 00:09:57
  • Mélopée, 1945
    violin and piano 00:03:00
  • Nocturne, 1934
    orchestra 00:06:00
  • Pointes sèches de la Belle Epoque (1), 1964
    piano and string orchestra 00:13:00
  • Pointes sèches de la Belle Epoque (2), 1964
    piano and string orchestra 00:13:00
  • Pointes sèches de la Belle Epoque (3), 1964
    piano and string orchestra 00:13:00
  • Prélude et rondo, 1935
    harp 00:03:00
  • Prélude idyllique et scherzo, 1922
    orchestra 00:06:00
  • Premier sourire de printemps, 1959
    a cappella choir 00:04:15
  • Requiem, 1936
    men's choir a cappella 00:04:00
  • Saxiana, 1962
    saxophone and piano 00:07:30
  • Symphonie, 1946
    orchestra 00:20:00
  • Variations sur un thème congolais, 1926
    orchestra 00:08:00
  • Zo' har, 1928
    band 00:18:00
  • Zo' har, 1929
    orchestra 00:18:00
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