|Born||27 January 1928|
|Died||21 April 2013 (aged 85)|
|Alma mater||Conservatoire de Paris|
|Notable awards||Grand Prix de Rome|
|Relatives||Micheline Kahn (mother)|
Jean-Michel Damase (27 January 1928 – 21 April 2013) was a French pianist, conductor and composer of classical music.
Damase was born in Bordeaux, the son of harpist Micheline Kahn. He was studying piano and solfège with Marcel Samuel-Rousseau at the age of five and composing by age nine. His first work (at the age of nine) was a setting of some poems by Colette, whom he had met at a Parisian salon. In 1940, Damase began studying studying piano with Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique. The next year, he was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris, entering Armand Ferté’s piano classes and winning first prize for piano in 1943, afterwards studying with Henri Büsser, Marcel Dupré and Claude Delvincourt for composition and winning first prize for composition in 1947 for his Quintet for flute, harp, violin, viola, and cello. In the same year, he won the Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata Et la belle se réveilla. Meanwhile, he appeared as a piano soloist in the Colonne and Conservatoire concerts, and with the Orchestre National of the ORTF.
He made the first complete recording of Gabriel Fauré's nocturnes and barcarolles, for which he received the Grand Prix du Disque.
- La fille mal gardée (1985) (of Peter Hertel's 1864 ballet score) 
- Concerto for harpsichord or harp and small orchestra (1984)
- Concerto for viola, harp and string orchestra (1990)
- Chamber music
- Trio for flute, cello and harp (1947)
- Trio for flute, viola and harp (1947)
- Quintet for flute, harp and string trio, op. 2 (1948)
- Aria for cello (or viola, or alto saxophone) and piano, op. 7 (1949)
- 17 variations for wind quintet, op. 22 (1951)
- Sonate en concert for flute, piano and cello (ad libitum), op. 17 (1952)
- Trio for flute, oboe and piano (1961)
- String Trio (1965)
- Sonata for clarinet and harp (1984)
- Vacances for alto saxophone and piano (1990)
- Intermède for viola and piano (1990)
- Épigraphe for viola and piano (1991)
- Ostinato for viola and piano (1991)
- Prélude, élégie et final for bass trombone (or tuba) and piano (1993)
- Trio for oboe, horn, and piano (1993)
- Trio for two flutes and piano (1997)
- Sonata for cello and harp (2002)
- Hallucinations for viola and harp
- Berceuse for horn and piano
- Pavane variée for horn and piano
- La tendre Eléonore (1958, premiered 1962 Marseilles, libretto L. Masson)
- Colombe (1958, premiered 1961 Bordeaux, libretto Jean Anouilh with Maria Murano)
- Eugène le mystérieux (1963, premiered 1964 Paris, libretto Marcel Achard after Eugène Sue)
- Le matin de Faust (1965, premiered 1966 Nice, libretto Y. Gautier and F. Dereyne)
- Madame de ... (1969, premiered 1970 Monte Carlo, libretto Jean Anouilh after L. de Vilmorin)
- Eurydice (1972, premiered 1972 Bordeaux, libretto Jean Anouilh)
- L'héritière (1974, premiered 1974 Nancy, libretto L. Durcreux after adaptation by R. and A. Goetz of H. James: Washington Square)
- Film scores
- Term of Trial (1962)
- ^ a b see Bruneau-Boulmier, Rodolphe"Radio France Musique, "Dépêches notes"". Archived from the original on 2013-05-23.
- ^ see Greene, p. 1512; Lasser
- ^ a b c Greene, op. cit.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Girardot, Anne. "Damase, Jean-Michel." Grove Music Online. 2001. https://www-oxfordmusiconline-com.ezproxynec.flo.org/grovemusic/view/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.001.0001/omo-9781561592630-e-0000007115.
- ^ Lebrecht, Norman (1996). The Companion to 20th-Century Music at Google Books. Da Capo Press. page 86. ISBN 0-306-80734-3.
- ^ "Jean-Michel Damase: Emblematic Composer". Henry Lemoine. Archived from the original on 2008-11-15. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- ^ a b Lasser, "Chez DAMASE: Catalogue, Orchestral Works". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08.
- ^ a b c Lasser, "Chez DAMASE: Catalogue, Stage & Film Works". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08.
- ^ a b c d e f g Lasser, "Chez DAMASE: Catalogue, Chamber Works". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08.
- ^ a b c d e f g "Stanford Opera-Web D-Composers". Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Greene, David Mason (1985). Greene's Biographical Encyclopedia of Composers at Google Books. Reproducing Piano Roll Fnd. page 1512. ISBN 0-385-14278-1.
- Lasser, Michael. "Chez DAMASE: The Unofficial Webpage of Jean-Michel Damase". Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- 1928 births
- 2013 deaths
- 20th-century classical composers
- 20th-century French male classical pianists
- 20th-century French composers
- 20th-century French conductors (music)
- 21st-century classical composers
- 21st-century French composers
- 21st-century French male musicians
- Academic staff of the École Normale de Musique de Paris
- Conservatoire de Paris alumni
- French ballet composers
- French male classical composers
- French male conductors (music)
- French opera composers
- Male opera composers
- Musicians from Bordeaux
- Prix de Rome for composition
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