Henri Fouques-Duparc was born in Paris. A mental illness, diagnosed at the time as " neurasthenia ", caused him abruptly to cease composing at age 37, in He devoted himself to his family and his other passions, drawing and painting. But increasing vision loss after the turn of the century eventually led to total blindness. He destroyed most of his music, leaving fewer than 40 works to posterity.
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The only songs that Duparc left was a book of twelve Romantic art songs that he composed between and Everything else he wrote was destroyed and in , Duparc stopped composing and for the last, almost fifty years of his life he never composed again. The piece is as much about the piano as it is the voice, with three interludes of just piano in the beginning, middle, and end.
The piano accompaniment has a lot of octaves low in the bass, with arpeggiated chords in the middle register of the piano throughout the piece. Duparc also includes a lot of chromaticism in the chords as if to illustrate the fact that this is not a stable emotion that the person is feeling.
The turbulence that is often associated with love is there, slowly building to the climax of the piece and then dies down at the end of the piece. The piano accompaniment remains much the same throughout the piece with the low bass notes and the arpeggiated chords, building towards the middle along with the vocalist, but dying down close to the end. All of this is really just a metaphor for sex, with the climactic section in the middle and then the slow, dying down in the end.
It has an ABA form with the end almost the same as the beginning except it resolves to a tonal B flat chord and leaves the listener with a deep, satisfactory feeling. Over all of this, he writes an ethereal melodic line that seems to float above the accompaniment with an almost supernatural quality about it.
This illustrates the theme of ecstasy is the piece and like the accompaniment builds in the middle, only to slowly die down til the end of the piece. Imagine what else he could have composed if he had continued composing until his death? Martin Cooper. This is fascinating! Extase is a beautiful piece. Great analysis! Like Like. It is sad that the misinformation from old sources continues to be republished about the output from Henri Duparc.
Many of his works have survived, some of them due to efforts by his wife, I understand, and some from other sources, apparently including publisher s who kept print masters or manuscripts. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Citation: Martin Cooper. Share this: Twitter Facebook.
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Extase (Duparc, Henri)
Extase (Henri Duparc)
Henri Duparc (composer)