American Classics - Edmond Dédé: Chicago, Etc / Rosenberg

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Like many jazz composers today, Edmund Dédé (1827-1901) was an American composer who found success only after emigrating to Paris. Born in New Orleans, the son of free Creoles of color who came to the Louisiana city from the French West Indies around 1809, Dédé studied clarinet under his father, a bandmaster, and subsequently violin and theory with several other European and free black musicians. His 1852 song 'Mon pauvre coeur' ('My poor heart') is the oldest surviving piece of sheet music by a New Orleans' Creole of color. Five years later Dédé left for Paris, where he composed not only light cabaret music but also ballets, operettas, string quartets, overtures, and a cantata. His music was published and he was accepted as a member of French artistic societies. His return to New Orleans in 1893 was brief, for he found the prejudice and segregation intolerable.
The selection of Dédé's output recorded on this disc represents the genres in which he was most prolific: waltzes, polkas, songs for solo voice and choruses, and piano music. The quality of the dances is as high as that of the Viennese Strausses, and the vocal pieces are every bit as endearing as those of Stephen Foster. The performances, stemming from the 1999 Hot Springs Music Festival, are exceptional; director Richard Rosenberg and Naxos are to be commended for bring this engaging music to disc.


Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 01, 2000


  • Catalog Number: 8559038


  • UPC: 636943903827


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Edmond Dédé, Eugène Arcade Dédé


  • Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Hot Springs Music Festival Voices


  • Performer: Brandon Brack, David Sachs, Emily Eagen, Gary Hammond, Jennifer Foster, Kabin Thomas, Mary Scott Spry



Works:


  1. Chicago

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  2. Tond les chiens, coup les chats

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Voices

    Performer: David Sachs (Piano)

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  3. Merliton fin de siècle

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  4. Rêverie champêtre

    Composer: Edmond Dédé


  5. En chasse

    Composer: Eugène Arcade Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  6. Mephisto masqué

    Composer: Edmond Dédé


  7. Battez aux champs

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Voices

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  8. El Pronunciamento

    Composer: Edmond Dédé


  9. Cora La Bordelaise

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Voices

    Performer: David Sachs (Piano)

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  10. Mon pauvre couer

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Performer: Emily Eagen (Soprano)


  11. Chicago

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Performer: Gary Hammond (Piano), Mary Scott Spry (Piano)


  12. Mon Sous Off!

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Voices

    Performer: David Sachs (Piano)

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  13. Françoise et Tortillard

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Brandon Brack (Tenor), Jennifer Foster (Soprano)

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  14. Mon Sous Off!cier

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg


  15. Mephisto masqué

    Composer: Edmond Dédé

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Kabin Thomas (Tuba)

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg