Pierre-Octave Ferroud

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Pierre-Octave Calixte Ferroud (6 January 1900 – 17 August 1936)[1] was a French composer of classical music.


Ferroud was born in Chasselay, Rhône, near Lyon. He went to Lyon, to Strasbourg (for military service from 1920-2) where he studied with Guy Ropartz,[2] and again to Lyon where he was for a time an associate and "disciple" of Florent Schmitt, and a pupil of Georges Martin Witkowski.[3] He then travelled to Paris in 1923, settling as a composer and music critic.[4] In 1932, together with Henry Barraud, Jean Rivier and Emmanuel Bondeville, he founded Triton, a contemporary music society.[5][6]

In a letter to Boris Asafiev, Sergei Prokofiev described his encounter with Ferroud, praised the Symphony in A and suggested that Asafiev might have a look at it. Ferroud's opera, he reported, impressed him much less.[7]

He wrote a biographical work about his mentor Florent Schmitt (whom he was, nevertheless, to pre-decease - Schmitt died 31 years after Autour de Florent Schmitt was published, in 1958.)

Ferroud was a regular contributor of musical reviews and essays to the journal Paris-Soir.

He died in 1936, when he was decapitated in a road accident in Debrecen, in Hungary. On hearing of Ferroud's death, Francis Poulenc wrote to Georges Auric of his distress.[8]

Selected compositions[edit]

  • Andante cordial (1919/26)[1]
  • Types (Vieux Beau - Bourgeoise de qualité - Businessman)(1922-1924) (recorded by Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de Lyon)[9]
  • Foules (1922-1924) (recorded by Krivine)[9]
  • Sérénade (piano and orchestra) (1927)
  • Chirugie 1927 (opéra comique)
  • Jeunesse (1929-1933) (ballet in two scenes)
  • Chansons de Fous
  • Sonnerie pour le Hérault (1935)
  • Le Porcher (1924) (ballet)
  • March for L'éventail de Jeanne (collaborative work by Auric, Ferroud and others) (1927) (ballet)[1]
  • Monte-Carlo (1928)
  • Sérénade pour orchestre (1927) (Berceuse; Pavane; Spiritual)[10]
  • Symphonie en la (1930) in three movements [1][10](recorded by Krivine)[9]
  • Chirurgie vers. orchestrale (1930)[1](recorded by Krivine)[9]
  • Trois pièces pour flûte seule (1920-1921)[1]
  • Spiritual (guitar) (1926) [1]
  • Sonate pour violon et piano (1929)[1]
  • Sonate pour violoncelle et piano (1930)[1]
  • Trio à vent en mi (1933)[1]
  • Quatuor à cordes (1932-1936)[11]
  • Sarabande (1920/1926)
  • Au parc Monceau (1921-1925)
  • Sarabande pour piano (1920)
  • Sarabande pour orchestre (1920-1926)
  • Sonatine en ut dièse (in C) (1928)
  • Fables (1931)
  • A contre-cœur (1922-1925)
  • Cinq poèmes de P.J. Toulet (1927)
  • Cinq poèmes de P. Valéry (1929)
  • Trois chansons de J. Supervielle (1932)
  • Trois poèmes intimes de Goethe (1932)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j K.S. (2003).
  2. ^ "Larousse Entry for Ferroud" (in French). Retrieved 2008-12-02.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Pierre-Octave Ferroud dans l'Encyclopédie Universalis" (in French). Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  4. ^ Slonimsky, Nicholas; Kuhn, Laura, eds. (2001). Baker's biographical dictionary of musicians (Centennial ed.). New York: Schirmer Books. ISBN 0-02-865525-7.
  5. ^ Duchesnau, Michel, La societe Triton, Paris: Sorbonne 1997
  6. ^ Lazzaro, Federico (March 12, 2020). "1932. La Société Triton et l'"École de Paris"". Nouvelle histoire de la musique en France (1870-1950). Edited by the "Musique en France aux XIXe et XXe siècles : discours et idéologies" research team.
  7. ^ Prokofiev; Robinson, Harlow, ed. (1998) Selected Letters of Sergei Prokofiev at Google Books. UPNE. page 126. ISBN 1-55553-347-7.
  8. ^ Schmidt, Carl B. The Music of Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): A Catalogue at Google Books. page 257.
  9. ^ a b c d "Krivine Discography". Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  10. ^ a b "Marco Polo Recording Description with Track Listing, includes Serenade for Orchestra and Symphony in A". 1998. OCLC 163139975. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  11. ^ "Naxos Ferroud Biography". Retrieved 2009-01-26.

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