Musical scores of Fernand Halphen and Reynaldo Hahn now available for sale

Musical scores of Fernand Halphen and Reynaldo Hahn (...)

The publishing house of the European Institute of Jewish Music have
released three new collections of scores that you can order from our online store either in printed version or PDF.
- Consult and order the Dix mélodies by Fernand Halphen.
- Consult and order the Cinq pièces pour piano by Fernand Halphen.
- Consult and order the Petit nocturne pour violon et piano by Reynaldo Hahn.

Born into an upperclass bourgeois family of merchants interested in arts,
Fernand Halphen learned to play the violin with Joseph Marsick, then began
composition with Gabriel Fauré. In 1888, he enrolled in the classes of Jules
Massenet in the Paris Conservatory at the same time as Florent Schmitt, Henri
Büsser, Max d’Olonne, Charles Koechlin, Georges Enesco and Reynaldo Hahn,
and obtains the second place Rome’s Prize in 1896.
During his short life, Halphen composed nearly a hundred melodies, more than thirty
pieces for piano, duos (especially for violin and piano), a string trio and a piano
trio, orchestral suites, a symphony in C minor dedicated to Fauré (1898), and Le
Cor fleuri , a lyrical fairy tale in one part, premiered at the Opéra Comique
on May 10, 1941. He also wrote two psalms and a hymn for synagogue, in addition to two instrumental pieces inspired by traditional Hebrew songs (Andante religioso
and Prière ). Head of the territorial music infantry regiment during WWI,
he passed away in 1917 after an illness he contracted at the war front.
These new publications have been supervised by Hervé Roten, Laure Schnapper and
Célia Triplet, under the auspices of the European Institute for Jewish Music,
where the manuscripts, scores and letters from Fernand Halphen are available,
donated by his descendants. They have been elaborated by taking into account
his personal manuscripts and autographs, and the first round of publications by
Astruc in 1906.

Learn more about Fernand Halphen...


Composed on June 1st 1889 (when Hahn was not even 15 years old !), Le Petit nocturne
is a hitherto unreleased work from the musical archives of Fernand Halphen.

Born in Caracas to a Venezuelan Catholic mother and a German Jewish father,
Reynaldo Hahn was the youngest member of a family of nine children that moved to Paris in 1878. He enrolled in the Paris Conservatory at the age of 11 and
became a composition pupil of Albert Lavignac and Jules Massenet. In the
1890s, he socialized in Parisian salons (notably that of the Halphens) where he
sang his melodies while playing the piano. He met with people such as
Stéphane Mallarmé, Edmond de Goncourt or Marcel Proust with whom he became
a lover until 1896.
Appointed voice professor in the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in
1920, Reynaldo Hahn socialized with Pablo Casals, Jacques Thibaud and Nadia
Boulanger. During the period between the wars, he wrote
numerous operettas and musicals, but apart that mainstream music, he
returns to a style that he had put aside back then : chamber music.
Concerned about his Jewish origins, he left Paris in 1940 for Cannes
and then MonteCarlo. In 1945, upon his return to Paris he was elected a member
of the Fine Arts Academy and became the director of the Paris Opéra. Struck down with a brain tumor, he passed away in Paris on January 28th 1947. He is buried at the Père Lachaise cemetery.

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