André Wormser : Romance sans paroles, #4 from '6 Pieces Pittoresques'





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Published on Aug 7, 2013

Continuing my sporadic survey of Prix de Rome winners, here is a piece by the 1875 laureate, André Wormser (not to be confused with fellow composer Lucien Wurmser). Wormser (1851-1926) was also apparently a banker, and wealthy enough to have his wife and children painted by Édouard Vuillard (I assume that there may be some family connection to the current Banque Wormser Frères). He wrote in many genres, and one of his best-known works was his pantomime L'Enfant prodigue (1890). Manuel de Falla worked as a pianist on a 1907 touring production of this work in France and Switzerland. Apparently he received rapturous applause for his solo performance of the overture to the work at a location where there was no orchestra available. The set from which this piece comes was itself extracted and arranged by the composer from a larger set of 12 pieces for piano duet first published in 1876.
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