Bartók, Béla Viktor János
Bennet, Richard Rodney
Bozza, Eugène Joseph
Dahl, Walter Ingolf Marcus
Del Tredici, David
Griffes, Charles Tomlinson
Guarnieri, Mozart Camargo
Hanson, Howard Harold
Hüe, Georges Adolphe
Kennan, Kent Wheeler
La Montaine, John
Messiaen, Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles
Williams, Ralph Vaughan
Scherzo for flute and piano
J.M. Damase: Scherzo for flute and piano was written in 1957, at time when Damase was at peak of his pianist career and was composing his opera Colombe which was premiered the following year.
Jean-Michel Damase (piano), 2010 recording at Eglise Pierre Nicole, Paris, 2016 release by Wyastone Estate Ltd.
Jean-Michel Damase (1928-2013) was a French pianist, conductor and composer who was famous for his bon vivant lifestyle and lyric composition style that was similar to tonal traditions of Fauré, Poulenc and Ravel.
Born in a family of musicians (his mother Micheline Kahn was a renown harpist who premiered compositions of Caplet, Fauré, Ravel, Vierne), he was considered a child prodigy, composing first three songs at age of 9. Later he studied piano with Armand Ferté and composition with Henri Büsser and Marcel Dupré at the Paris Conservatoire where he won the first prize in piano (1943) and composition (1947).
Damase made a successful career as a concert pianist, winning the Grand Prix du Disque for his recordings of Gabriel Fauré’s nocturnes and barcarolles. Gradually he devoted more time for composing and teaching at the École Normal de Musique de Paris. Among his most popular compositions: ballet “Balance à trois”, opera “L'héritière”, and Double concerto for flute, harp and string orchestra.
Although Damase was rather prolific composer, his music is not known outside his native France.