Adolphe Biarent

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Adolphe Biarent (16 October 1871 – 4 February 1916) was a Belgian composer, conductor, cellist and music teacher.

Biarent studied at the conservatories of Brussels and of Ghent, and was a pupil of Émile Mathieu. He won a Belgian Prix de Rome with his cantata Oedipe à Colone in 1901, after which he remained near his home in Charleroi, composing, conducting and teaching (or more accurately, engaging in pedagogy, for example the writing of manuals as well). He was the teacher of Fernand Quinet.[1][2]

Although still little known now, Biarent composed music that successfully combines "the structural solidity" of César Franck and Vincent d'Indy with "something of the orchestral brilliance and clarity" of Emmanuel Chabrier.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Orchestral works
    • Trenmor, after Ossian (1905)[4][5]
    • Poème Heroique (1907–11)[6]
    • Rapsodie wallonne (für Klavier und Orchester) (1910)[6]
    • Symphony in D minor (1908)[5]
    • Deux sonnets pour violoncelle et orchestre - d`après José-Maria de Hérédia (1909-1912)
      • I Le réveil d'un dieu
      • II Floridum Mare
  • Chamber music
    • Piano Quintet in B minor[7]
    • Cello Sonata in F minor[7]


  1. ^ (1898-1971) Belgian conductor and composer. Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège from 1960-4.
  2. ^ "Quatuor Thaïs and Geoffrey Baptiste's Program Notes for Concert, in Liège, with Biarent Piano Quintet" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-01-26. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Biarent: Poeme, Rapsodie, etc.". 
  4. ^ Le Guide musical at Google Books. Iombaerts, 1907. 53 Année, nr. 10: March 10, 1907 issue. page 203. Announcement of an upcoming (March 17, 1907) concert.
  5. ^ a b "The Online Catalog of the Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund (Joint Library Network)" (in German). Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Orchestral Works CD at JPC Site" (in German). Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  7. ^ a b "Page describing Cypres Recording of Piano Quintet and Cello Sonata at JPC" (in German). Retrieved 2009-01-26.