Renaissance ! (Campagne, René)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Institut Musical de France, n.d. (ca.1918). Plate I.M.F.1011
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Work Title Renaissance !
Alternative. Title
Composer Campagne, René
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRC 2
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Librettist Suzanne Mercey (1884-1964)
Language French
Dedication Hommage respectueux à Mademoiselle Suzanne Mercey
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Piano & Voice

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This obscure composer's name occurs in the 1915-1917 monthly La Musique pendant la guerre where he is listed among the French musicians called up for duty during the first world war from which he appears to have emerged relatively unscathed as another post-war composition of his exists (L'Angelus du soldat, souvenir de la Grande guerre 1914-1918, avec accompagnement de piano et violoncelle. Poème de Gaston Lavoille) it being dated 1919 and also printed by Messrs Senart. His earliest composition appears to be a 1911 test piece in the form of a manuscript for the Société des Compositeurs (i.e. the SACEM) entitled Pater Noster pour Voix de Ténor [et orgue]. Budding creators had to take such tests in order to be admitted as bona fide composers. The librettist on her part enjoyed a quite good literary reputation which was exploited rather fawningly by René Campagne on his title page here, when he takes care to display her prestigious literary prize (Prix Fémina 1910). Later on however, she appears to have relinquished praiseworthy but unprofitable poetry in favour of sentimental and occasionally lurid novelettes.