Summary Of Andre Caplet's 'Myrrha'

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Andre Caplet was a man of many talents. He was a great French conductor, composer, pianist, and editor for many musician’s works including Claude Debussy. On his first attempt, in 1901, Caplet won the Prix de Rome for his piece “Myrrha.” This prestigious competition enabled the winner to stay in Rome for 3-5 years to study music; It often took many great composers several years to obtain. Caplet mainly made his career as a conductor though. He brought a very precise element to the French music scene that had not yet been explored. He was recruited in 1910 to be the conductor for the Boston Opera Company after which only two years he was promoted to artistic director. After another two years, he would volunteer for the French army where he would be injured and end his conducting career. Caplet died at the early age of 47 in 1925 from pleurisy.

Deux Divertissements was written in 1924, only one year before Caplet’s death. The word divertissements in a French context means to interject a short dance and or song in the middle of an opera or ballet. The piece, containing many downward moving melodic lines, represents in a historical context perhaps the way in which Caplet felt about his life after his injury in the war. This piece contains a repeated sequence (phrase that modulates keys throughout) that drives the melody forward with its pull in one direction (either an upward or downward movement) This music is representative of Caplet’s patriotism for his country in

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