L'éventail de Jeanne
|L'éventail de Jeanne|
|Music||Ten French composers|
|Premiere||4 March 1929|
The music is a collaborative work by ten French composers, each of whom contributed a stylised dance in classic form:
- Maurice Ravel (Fanfare)
- Pierre-Octave Ferroud (Marche)
- Jacques Ibert (Valse)
- Alexis Roland-Manuel (Canarie)
- Marcel Delannoy (Bourrée)
- Albert Roussel (Sarabande)
- Darius Milhaud (Polka)
- Francis Poulenc (Pastourelle)
- Georges Auric (Rondeau)
- Florent Schmitt (Finale: Kermesse-Valse)
"Jeanne" refers to a Parisian hostess and patroness of the arts, Jeanne Dubost, who ran a children’s ballet school. In the spring of 1927 she presented ten of her composer friends with leaves from her fan, asking each of them to write a little dance for her pupils. The children were dressed in fairytale costumes and the décor was enlivened by a set designed with mirrors.
It was produced in private at Jeanne Dubost’s Paris salon on 16 June 1927, with Maurice Ravel playing a piano transcription of the music. It had its public premiere at the Paris Opera on 4 March 1929, with the ten-year-old Tamara Toumanova dancing the lead role. This was the first performance of Darius Milhaud's music there and he was so annoyed to debut with a trifling work that he boycotted the performance.
- Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 5th ed.
- What’s What in Titles of Classical Music – and Beyond
- The Music of Albert Roussel