Serenade Op 47-FL/OB/PN

Composer: Lacombe, Paul

Publisher: Accolade (Germany)

Edition: 1529

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Edited by Bodo Koenigsbeck.

Paul Lacombe was born in Carcassonne into a wealthy family of
linen merchants. Initial music lessons were at the piano with his
mother and he later studied voice and theory with François
Teysseyre (1821-1887). Lacombe was an admirer of the music
of Georges Bizet, who promoted Lacombe's music among his
Parisian peers, and was responsible for a performance of
Lacombe's Violin Sonata, Op. 8, by Pablo de Sarasate and
Élie-Miriam Delaborde. Lacombe wrote Suite pastorale, Op. 31,
a work praised by Édouard Lalo, and two Prix-de-la-société-des-
compositeurs-winning symphonies. Due to efforts made by Bizet,
his music was played regularly at the Concerts Colonne and
Concerts Pasdeloup.

Though Lacombe's music was well appreciated among fellow
composers and musicians, it never gained a widespread popularity
as he was not willing to leave his hometown of Carcassonne for
Paris. A prolific composer with more than 150 works, his only
significant popular success came in 1890 with the Aubade
printanière, Op. 37. Throughout he retained a sense of classical
form and melody, but explored contemporary (i.e. impressionistic)
harmonies in his later works. His compositional style presents, aside
from its clean and solid craftsmanship, an amiable and appealing
character, but with no particular originality. He died in Carcassonne
4. June 1927.