Louis de Froment
Froment was born into a French noble family in Toulouse, and started his musical studies at the city conservatory. He later attended the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique (CNSM) of Paris and was a pupil of Louis Fourestier, Eugène Bigot and André Cluytens. In 1948, he received a first prize in conducting.
Louis de Froment served as music director of orchestras at the casinos of Deauville and Cannes. He also worked as head of the permanent chamber orchestra of the radio in Nice (1958–59), of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-Télé Luxembourg (1958–80), and also conducted the Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française.
He conducted the premiere of the Concerto breve, by Xavier Montsalvatge, with Alicia de Larrocha (piano) and the Barcelona Orchestra in 1953, and the opera Les caprices de Marianne by Henri Sauguet at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 1954.
His recordings include:
- Gluck: Orphée (Janine Micheau (Eurydice); Liliane Berton (L'Amour); Nicolai Gedda (Orphée)). Choeurs du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Flute: Lucien Lavaillotte, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Pathé DTX 243 (LP)
- Rousseau Le devin du village (Janine Micheau as Colette, Nicolai Gedda as Colin, Michel Roux as the soothsayer) Recorded April 1956. cpo 999 559-2
- Camille Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 1, Phaéton, Marche héroïque; Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg Vox Turnabout 37117 (LP issue)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Clarinet Concerto, K. 622; Jacques Lancelot, clarinet; Oiseau Lyre Orchestra Decca DL 50006 (LP issue)
- Claude Debussy - Khamma; Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg Vox
- Reinhold Glière: Harp Concerto in E-flat
- Manuel de Falla: "Noches en los jardines de España", "Concert pour clavecin, flûte, hautbois, clarinette, violon et violoncelle", "Fantasía bética"; Orchestre de La Radio de Luxemburg; piano: Gyorgy Sandor; clavecin: Martin Galling. Enregistrement VOX-USA, distribué par MARFER SA Espagne (ref. M.50.298 S), 1981.
Froment was the father of one daughter, Marie-José (Mrs Henry-Mamou), by his first wife Reine Gabriel-Fauré. He died in Cannes in 1994, aged 72.
- INA database;
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- McDearmon, Lacy. "Maud Allan: The Public Record" (1978). Dance Chronicle, 2 (2): pp. 85-105.
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