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LEKEU, Guillaume

Guillaume LEKEU (Heusy, 20th January 1870 - Angers, 21st January 1894)

Guillaume Lekeu received his general education in Poitiers until he moved with his parents to Paris. There he started serious music studies with Gaston Vallin, he took also lessons in counterpoint with César Franck. After the death of Franck in 1890 he became a disciple of Vincent d’Indy.

In Brussels he won in 1891 the second Grand Prize of Rome with his cantata “Andromède”. Back in Paris he started to compose almost without interruption until his premature death in 1894. He produced several outstanding works, amongst others his Violin Sonata which was dedicated to Eugène Ysaye who made this work world-famous through his excellent and countless performances. During his short career he wrote orchestral works, chamber music, religious music, choir music and songs.

As a composer, he is decidedly influenced by César Franck but through his modern harmonic conceptions and the vehemence of his musical language, he would perhaps have surpassed the limitations by the Franckist doctrine.

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works

  • Adagio pour quatuor d'orchestre, 1891
    string orchestra 00:12:00
  • Andromède, 1891
    Soloist, choir and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Barberine, 1889
    orchestra 00:05:00
  • Chanson de mai, 1891
    middle voice and piano 00:04:00
  • Etude symphonique n°1, 1889
    orchestra 00:13:00
  • Etude symphonique n°2 : 2e partie, 1890
    orchestra 00:09:00
  • Etude symphonique n°2 : Final, 1890
    orchestra 00:03:00
  • Etude symphonique n°2: 1e partie, 1890
    orchestra 00:11:00
  • Fantaisie contrapuntique sur un cramignon liégeois, 1890
    chamber orchestra 00:07:00
  • Fantaisie sur deux airs populaires angevins, 1892
    orchestra 00:15:00
  • Introduction et adagio, 1892
    band 00:00:00
  • Introduction symphonique aux Burgraves, 1889
    orchestra 00:23:00
  • L'ombre plus dense, 1883
    high voice and piano 00:03:00
  • Larghetto, 1892
    cello and orchestra 00:09:50
  • Larghetto, 1892
    cello and piano 00:09:50
  • Les pavots, 1887
    middle voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Méditation, 1887
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:10:00
  • Molto adagio - sempre cantate doloroso, 1887
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:11:18
  • Nocturne, 1892
    Mezzo-Soprano, piano and string quartet 00:04:10
  • Nocturne, 1892
    Mezzo-Soprano and orchestra 00:04:10
  • Poèmes, 1892
    Soprano and piano 00:12:40
  • Quatuor à cordes, 1888
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:35:00
  • Quatuor inachevé, 1893
    violin, viola, cello and piano 00:28:00
  • Quelque antique et lente danse, 1889
    middle voice and piano 00:03:00
  • Sonate, 1891
    piano 00:20:00
  • Sonate, 1892
    violin and piano 00:32:00
  • Sonate, 1888
    cello and piano 00:36:00
  • Tempo di mazurka, 1885
    piano 00:20:00
  • Thème et variations, 1888
    violin, viola, cello 00:16:00
  • Trio, 1889
    violin, cello and piano 00:45:00
  • Trois pièces, 1892
    piano 00:10:05
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