Psyché (Franck, César)

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Rgagnaux (2016/5/30)

Performers Netherlands Chamber Choir
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Willem van Otterloo
Publisher Info. Philips Records A00262L, 1954
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Misc. Notes Recorded 1954 october 21-22, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands (picture on the right: Willem van OTTERLOO (in the middle) with the two concertmasters Theo Olof (on the left) and Herman Krebbers (on the right), Nederland, 1958, Nationaal Archief, Collectie Spaarnestad
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Rgagnaux (2016/5/26)

Performers Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Walter Goehr
Publisher Info. Musical Masterpiece Society/Concert Hall, CHS-1243, ca. 1950
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Misc. Notes Recorded ca. 1950
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Publisher. Info. Paris: O. Bornemann, 1900. Plate O.B. 4289 A.
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Generoso (2009/1/10)

Publisher. Info. Paris: O. Bornemann, n.d.(ca.1900). Plates O.B. 4289, 4293, 4302, 4301
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Massenetique (2011/11/28)

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Translator Paul England (fl.1863-1932), English text
Publisher. Info. Paris: A. Bornemann, 1901. Plate O.B. 3989.
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Misc. Notes Piano 4-hands accompaniment for instrumental opening instead of the usual piano.
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General Information

Work Title Psyché
Alternative. Title Poème symphonique pour orchestre et choeurs
Composer Franck, César
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. FWV 47
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 sections
  • Part I
1. Le Sommeil de Psyché
2. Psyché enlevée par les zéphyrs
  • Part II
3. Les jardins d'Eros
4. Lento
5. Psyché et Eros
  • Part III
6. Quasi Lento
7. Souffrances et Plaintes de Psyché
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1886–87
First Performance. 1888-03-10, Paris
First Publication. 1893 (Piano 4 hands) ; 1903 (Orch.)
Librettist S. Sicard? (fl.1888–1905)
Louis de Fourcaud (possibly)
Language French
Dedication Vincent d'Indy
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Chorus - SATB
Orchestra - 2 Flutes, Piccolo, 2 Oboes, English Horn, 2 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 4 Bassoons
4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 2 Cornets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 2 Harps, Strings

Misc. Comments

Begun by 1886; Stove (2011,2) (César Franck: His Life and Times) notes that the manuscript to Les jardins d’Eros was completed 1886-8-4. Fourcaud's involvement in the libretto, according to Stove, is conjecture by d'Indy, who could not find out who wrote the words; he also conjectured that Georges Franck might have been involved. (According to Stove it was finished during the summer of 1887.) (An arrangement for chorus and piano four hands, in French, was published ca.1903 with the arrangement attributed to Gustave Sandré.)

S. Sicard was the name or pseudonym of someone, it seems, who provided texts for works published between ca.1888 and ca.1905 or thereabouts. (Not necessarily Sylvia or Sylva?... though there does seem to have been a Sylva Sicard, and no other records offhand of a Sylvia Sicard are showing up, though perhaps if one looks more closely...)