Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Queen of the Baton?

I had a delightful time this morning playing through a violin sonata by René-Emmanuel Baton (1879-1940), who published under the name "Rhené-Baton" (which sounds like "Reine des bâtons" or "queen of the baton"--a fine name for a conductor), and incorporated a lot of folk material from the Breton region of France (known as Brittany) into his music.

I first heard of Rhené-Baton by way of a piano trio recording I was sent to review for the ARG. I am delighted to find that much of his music is now available in PDF form on line (and to download for free) from the International Music Score Library Project.

Here's a little audio/video sample of one of his flute pieces.

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