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SCHMITT, Florent
b Blamont, Meurthe-et-Moselle, 28 September 1870
d Neuilly-sur-Seine, 17 August 1957, aged eighty-seven

At the age of seventeen he was admitted to the Nancy Conservatory to study piano and harmony, and at nineteen entered the Paris Conservatory. He won the Prix de Rome in 1900 at his fifth attempt. He was director of the Lyons Conservatory from 1922 to 1924, and music critic of Le Temps from 1929 to 1939. He was a member of the Institut Francais and commander of the Legion d'honneur.

1894 (24)

En été, for orchestra

1897-9 (27-9)

Musique de plein air, for orchestra

1903-4 (33-34)

Le palais hanté, for orchestra

1904-10 (34-40)

Scherzo vif, for violin and orchestra

1906 (36)

Sélamlik, for orchestra

1907 (37)

La Tragédie de Salome, ballet

1912-13 (42-3)

Le petit elfe ferme-l'oeil, ballet

1913-15 (43-5)

Reves, for orchestra

1914-25 (44-55)

Dionysiaques, for band

1918 (48)

Légende, for viola, violin, sax and orchestra

1920 (50)

Antoine et Cléopatre, incidental music

1923-4 (53-4)

Kermesse, waltz for orchestra

1924 (54)

Fonctionnaire M.C.XII, for orchestra

1925 (55)

Salammbo, film score

Danse d'Abisag, for orchestra

1926 (56)

Final, for cello and orchestra

1927 (57)

Ronde burlesque, for orchestra

1928-31 (58-61)

Symphonie Concertante for piano and orchestra

1929 (59)

Cancunik, for orchestra

1938 (68)

Oriane et le prince d'amour, ballet

Enfants, for small orchestra

1941 (71)

Janiana, for strings

1943 (73)

Essais de locomotives, film score

1950-2 (80-2)

Scenes de la vie moyenne, for orchestra

1951-2 (81-2)

Introit, recit et conge, for cello and orchestra

1958 (87)

Symphony No 2

Schmitt also composed many choral works, with orchestra, with instruments or unaccompanied; chamber works; solo vocal works; and works for keyboard.

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