La guirlande de Campra
La guirlande de Campra is collaborative orchestral work written by seven French composers in 1952. It is in the form of variations or meditations on a theme from André Campra's 1717 opera Camille, reine des Volsques.
The numbers and their composers are:
- Toccata (Arthur Honegger*)
- Sarabande et farandole (Daniel-Lesur)
- Canarie (Alexis Roland-Manuel)
- Sarabande (Germaine Tailleferre*)
- Matelote provençale (Francis Poulenc*)
- Variation (Henri Sauguet)
- Écossaise (Georges Auric*)
- *Member of the group Les Six
The work was first performed on 30 July 1952 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, by the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, under conductor Hans Rosbaud.
Benjamin Britten attended the premiere, and it gave him the idea of commissioning several composers to contribute to a set of Variations on an Elizabethan Theme to celebrate the forthcoming coronation of Elizabeth II, for which he was also writing his opera Gloriana.
- "La Guirlande de campra; une serie de variations ou de meditations sur un theme de l'opera, Camille. De Arthur Honegger, Daniel-Lesur (Daniel Lesur), Roland Manuel, pseud. of Roland Levy et al".
- Music and history 1951–60 Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Daniel-Lesur Archived 10 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- durand-salabert-eschig Archived 31 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Georges Auric (1899–1983)".
- Some sources give the date as 31 July 1952.
- "Home – Benjamin Britten Website".
- "Letters from a Life: 1952–1957".
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