Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
Trois Pièces Brèves

Ibert, a French composer and Prix de Rome winner (in 1919) studied composition with Paul Vidal at the Paris Conservatoire. He excelled in all genres of composition, and his handful of chamber mustic (much of it for only one or two instruments, or piano) includes these three pieces for wind quintet (composed 1930). The first and third pieces are energetic and technically demanding, whilst the slower and more lyrical second piece, with its ingenious two-part writing for flute and clarinet, provides contrast. CMW

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