Philippe Gaubert

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Philippe Gaubert (c. 1920)

Philippe Gaubert (5 July 1879 – 8 July 1941) was a French musician who was a distinguished performer on the flute, a respected conductor, and a composer, primarily for the flute.


Gaubert – commonly referred to as Gauberto – was born in Cahors. He became one of the most prominent French musicians between the two World Wars. After a prominent career as a flautist with the Paris Opéra, he was appointed in 1919, at the age of forty, to three positions that placed him at the very centre of French musical life:

In 1907, he participated in the first performance of Maurice Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet. Among his recordings as conductor, one that he made of César Franck's Symphony in D minor (with the Conservatoire forces) is particularly notable.

Gaubert's compositions are not especially innovative, but his work benefited from the examples of Franck, Ravel, and Debussy. Naïla, his opera in three acts, premiered at the Palais Garnier on 7 April 1927. Three of his ballets had their first performances at that venue as well.

In 1941, Gaubert died of a stroke in Paris.[citation needed]



Gaubert was appointed Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in 1921.[citation needed]

Selected works[edit]

Chamber music
  • 3 Aquarelles, for flute, cello and piano
  • Ballade, for flute and piano
  • Ballade for viola and piano (1938)
  • Berceuse, for flute and piano
  • Cantabile et scherzetto, for cornet and piano (1909)
  • Concert in F, for orchestra (1932)
  • Divertissement Grec, for 2 flutes and harp
  • 2 Esquisses, for flute and piano
  • Fantaisie, for clarinet & piano
  • Fantaisie, for flute and piano
  • Gavotte en rondeau (after Lully's Les Ballets du roi), for flute and piano
  • Les Chants de la mer, for orchestra (1929)
  • Madrigal, for flute and piano
  • Morceau symphonique, for trombone and piano
  • Médailles antiques, for flute, violin and piano
  • Nocturne et allegro scherzando, for flute and piano
  • Pièce romantique, for flute, cello, and piano
  • Romance, for flute and piano (1905)
  • Romance, for flute and piano (1908)
  • Sicilienne, for flute and piano
  • Sonata for Flute and Piano, No. 1
  • Sonata for Flute and Piano, No. 2
  • Sonata for Flute and Piano, No. 3
  • Sonatine, for flute and piano
  • Suite, for flute and piano
  • Sur l'eau, for flute and piano
  • Symphony in F major, for orchestra (1936)
  • Tarantelle, for flute, oboe and piano
  • Soir paien, for voice, flute and piano
  • Vocalise en forme de barcarolle, for voice and piano
Cultural offices
Preceded by Principal conductor, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire
Succeeded by


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