André Caplet (1878-1925)

André Caplet—composer, conductor, violinist, violist, pianist, orchestrator, arranger—was also the author of a dozen articles on music, several more consequential texts on conducting, and an imposing private correspondence. His written output remains quite modest by comparison to that of many of his contemporaries. The importance of conducting in his career, and his premature death at 46 years of age, partly explain the fact that he left so few writings on music.

Recent research has brought to light Caplet’s writings, both public (music criticism, essays on conducting, autobiographical notices) and private (correspondence with musicians, notably Charles Koechlin and Claude Debussy, whose close collaborator and friend he was; the Journal of 1907; a text on his relationship to Christianity). Several of these texts are conserved in the sizeable Fonds Caplet at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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birth year1878
death year1925
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