Our next installment in our French Composers’ Names series is one of the most exciting French composers these days, as well as a US favorite. Indeed, Marc-André Dalbavie (born in 1961) has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as by Carnegie Hall (for Emmanuel Ax) in 2004 for Axiom.
His last name is not really challenging pronunciation wise. The a’s are pure, and the -ie is a long [ee] sound. There you go:
And as always, here is a (half) video of Dalbavie’s 2002 piece called Color, premiered by the Orchestre de Paris (cond. Christophe Eschenbach) at Carnegie Hall.
Incidentally, this piece is part of the curriculum for French high school students who specialize in Music this year. Here is a refreshing video of a bunch of high schoolers collectively composing a piece inspired by Dalbavie’s techniques in Color. The premiere is in February…