All his life, Sauguet had been in touch with artists of diμerent generations and backgrounds: composers of course, interpreters, choreographers and dancers, poets, actors, painters and decorators, film-makers… He often spoke of his many friendships as constituting, in his mind, a spiritual family, to which he had written many pages of occasions, tributes and testimonies (Prélude à une exposition de peinture, for a premiere at the Rive Gauche art-gallery in 1937; Toast pour Henry Barraud to celebrate his achievement within the French radio institutions, Quatre- vingts notes clavecines, written for the 80th birthday of Wanda Landowska).
In October 1984 Sauguet wrote this duet for flute and violin, “to celebrate the 50 years” of Pierre Ancelin. The preceding year, the former had supervised the publishing of a triple issue of La Revue musicale fully devoted to Henri Sauguet, collecting many tributes, interviews and essays about the man and his work.
(translation Philippe Do)
La présentation des cinq partitions aujourd’hui éditées est agencée pour l’agrément de l’œil, avec illustrations du meilleur goût représentant l’auteur signées Isabelle Françaix.
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