Jacques Ibert

In December, we will hear a piece by Jacques Ibert, Deux Interludes, performed by Trio D’Argento. Ibert was born in Paris in 1890 to a businessman father and a pianist mother. He studied music from the age of 4, learning to play both the violin and the piano. He worked as a cinema pianist and accompanist to earn a living initially. In 1910, he entered the Paris Conservatory to continue his formal studies.

Ibert lived through two world wars. During World War I, he served in the navy as an officer. He had to stop his studies during the war. When he resumed and completed his studies at the Conservatory, he won the Prix de Rome in 1919 on his first attempt. During World War II, his music was banned and for a while he fled to Switzerland. Through it all his music persisted.

Through he could play, he chose the musical path of composer instead of performer. Jacques Ibert died in 1962 at the age of 71, leaving a legacy of music to be enjoyed in a multitude of disciplines. Known as an eclectic composer, Ibert does not fall into one specific genre or style, He composed operas, chamber music, ballets, scores for film, music for plays, and songs.

Ibert was also known for his involvement in music administration, belonging to a variety of committees during his lifetime. From 1937 to 1960, just 2 years before his death, he held the post of director of the Académie de France at the Villa Medici in Rome (with a break during World War II).

Join us on December 11, 2014 for a taste of Ibert’s talent.

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