Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)

Considering that Ernest Chausson’s life was relatively short (he died at 44) and that his first texts were written when he was not yet twenty, it can be said that he left an important number of writings. These include more than three hundred letters, a short story and a novel (written in his youth), three diaries, seven articles, and the libretto of Le Roi Arthus, his only opera. Seen as a whole, these texts are a source of great interest for those who wish to become better acquainted with the man and the artist in his personal growth and in the sources of his artistic calling. They show Chausson’s vocation gradually take form, first struck by doubts, and ultimately grow in confidence and substance, taking on aesthetic influences. Chausson’s writings offer an instructive picture of French musical life in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, and this is particularly true of his correspondence, which extends from the end of 1874 to June 1899, shortly before the composer’s accidental death. The different forms of Chausson’s writings offer a range of perspectives that create a dynamic portrait of an artist engaged with himself and his time.

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birth year1855
death year1899

Publications (11)