This scene inspired Charles Koechlin to write a three-volume cycle of 96 pieces for solo flute. The 77-year-old composer wrote this collection on the suggestion of the flutist Jean Merry. This CD contains volume 2 with the subtitle "In the antique forest".
Charles Koechlin was born of Alsatian parentage in Paris in 1867. He gained his first musical impressions from his sister's piano playing. At an older age, he was deeply impressed by various musical works, so by Bach's "Pfingstkantate". Due to bad health, he had to abandon his studies in natural sciences at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. In 1890, he joined the composition class of Jules Massenet at the Paris Conservatoire. Further teachers were AndrÃ© GÃ©dalge and Gabriel FaurÃ©, whose incidental music to Maeterlincks "PellÃ©as et MÃ©lisande" was arranged for orchestra by Koechlin. He also met Claude Debussy and orchestrated his ballet "Khamma". When teaching classes himself, the composers Francis Poulenc and Darius Milhaud were among his students. All his life, he was very interested in numerous areas beyond music, such as literature, philosophy, astronomy, mathematics, cinema and travelling. These areas influenced his vast composition oeuvres. His works, however, hardly attracted interest during his lifetime, as he avoided coteries and salons which would have boosted his career, but preferred to keep his independence.
Charles Koechlin died at the age of 83 years in his house in Le Canadel (Southern France) on New Yearâ€™s Eve in 1950.
Flutist Hans Balmer was born in Berne, Switzerland, in 1964. After passing the university-entrance diploma (matura), he attended the Conservatory there as a student of Christian Studler and was awarded the performance certificate "with distinction" in 1990. He attended masterclasses by AurÃ¨le Nicolet, Renate Greiss, Harrie Starreveld and Felix Renggli, amongst others. He received important musical influences from Siegfried Palm, JÃ¶rg Ewald DÃ¤hler and many more. The Bernese composer and pianist Urs Peter Schneider drew his attention to Charles Koechlin and since then, he is dealing intensively with his music.
He gives concerts at home and abroad, does radio recordings with contemporary music and teaches at a music school in the Bernese Oberland.
Check out the artist's website:
1. A l'ombre, par une fraÃ®che matinÃ©e de printemps
2. La claire forÃªt
3. Jeux dans la clairiÃ¨re
4. Le Bois sacrÃ©
5. Le bruissement des feuilles
6. Boire Ã l'ombre, en Ã©tÃ©
7. Danses des nymphes, au soleil
8. Jeux des NaÃ¯ades
9. FraÃ®cheur des beaux matins de la montagne
10. Le Chevrier
11. Danse de Faune
12. Mollesque sub arbore somni...
13. La mer aux bruits innombrables
14. Endymion, berger
15. Le satyre
16. Majoresque cadunt altis de montibus umbrae
17. Caprice du Faune
18. Sur la mort d'un chat
19. PuretÃ© du matin sur la grÃ¨ve
20. L'Heureux petit berger
21. Calme du soir
22. Brise fraÃ®che du matin sur la mer
23. O fortunatos nimium... agricolas
24. Soir lumineux
25. GaÃ®tÃ© du Printemps dans la ForÃªt
26. Tityre, tu patulae recubans sub tegmine fagi
27. Danses dans la forÃªt
28. At secura quies...
29. Formosi pecoris custos, formosior ipse
30. Les oiseaux sont ivres...
32. Pour le cortÃ¨ge de Dionysos