Emmanuel Chabrier (18 January 1841, Auvergne – 13 September 1894, Paris) was a French composer.
He began music lessons at the age of six. Throughout his youth he was passionate about music and painting. While studying law in Paris, Chabrier became fascinated with Richard Wagner’s works and determined that music was his own true calling. He began studying the piano, harmony and counterpoint.
Although primarily known for his two most popular orchestral works, Espana and Joyeuse march, he composed multiple operas and works for piano as well. Chabrier’s music, frequently based on irregular rhythmic patterns or on rapidly repeated figures derived from the bourrée (a dance of his native Auvergne), is inspired by broad humor and a sense of caricature.
Works for Winds
- Cortège Burlesque
- Danse Slave (arr. Odom) (1887/1980/2019)
- España (arr. Barudin) (1883/2018)
- España (arr. Cailliet) (1883/1964)
- España (tr. Nefs) (1883/2022)
- España (tr. Cailliet; rev. Rogers) (1883/1964/1998)
- España Rhapsody (tr. & ed. Oliver) (1883/2016)
- España Rhapsody (arr. Safranek) (1883/19116)
- Fete Polonaise (arr. Patterson)
- Habanera (arr. Davis) (1963)
- La Bourrée Fantasque
- Marche Joyeuse (arr. Junkin) (1888/1998)