Poème : Work information
- (Amédée-)Ernest Chausson ( Music, Images,)
- Performed by
- Roland Daugareil (Violin), Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Alain Lombard (Conductor)
- Work name
- Work number
- Op. 25
- 1896-00-00 02:00:00
- Forlane CI
- Ivan Pastor
- Jean-Marc Laisné
- Recording date
- 1993-01-01 00:00:00
Although the young Ernest Chausson was introduced to the fashionable salons of Paris early in life, his lack of contact with children his own age left him awkward and maladroit. Studying under Massenet and Cèsar Franck at the Paris Conservatoire led him to visit Germany to hear Wagner. This brought out a greater degree of drama in his works, which had previously been restrained and elegant. He died prematurely in a cycling accident, leaving a small but rounded oeuvre.
Chausson's most famous work, the Poeme Op. 25 was composed in 1896. Originally given the lengthy title Le chant de l'amour triomphant: poeme pour violin et orchestre, it was said to be based on a typically pessimistic short story by Russian novelist, Ivan Turgenev.
Full of lyrical mysticism, the Poeme avoids any overt virtuosic display; its lucidity and efficiency clearly point to Chausson's desire to return to the guiding principals of classicism. First performed on the 4th April 1897 by its dedicatee, the great Eugene Ysaye, its publication the following year was secretly paid for by the composer's great friend, Isaac Albeniz.
The Poeme has retained a permanent place in the violin repertory and is a great favourite with violinists and audiences alike. Its well-deserved success was bitter-sweet for Chausson and his supporters. The composer tragically died in a cycling accident shortly afterwards, just as he began to gain that which had eluded him for so long, self-confidence.