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Louis Cahuzac

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Louis Cahuzac


Louis Cahuzac (12 July 1889, Quarante (Hérault) – 9 August 1960, Paris) was a French clarinetist and composer.

Cahuzac studied clarinet with his father, a member of the local amateur band. He then studied with Cyrille and C. Rose at the Paris Conservatory and eventually became soloist with the Concerts Colonne Orchestra and was regarded as one of the most brilliant clarinet virtuosi in Europe. He also studied composition with Paul Vidal. He performed with Debussy, Milhaud, Hindemith, and many others.

Cahuzac made the first recording of Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto. On 22 November 1956, at the age of 76, he recorded the Clarinet Concerto in A major by Paul Hindemith for the EMI music label under the composer's baton.

He was a great teacher also and many students became famous like Eduard Brunner (Munich's Bavarian Radio Symphony), Yona Ettlinger, Hans Rudolph Stadler, Gervase de Peyer, André Boutard (Paris Opera) or Gilbert Voisin (Geneva international prize winner in 1950) and Palle Nehammer (Royal Danish Orchestra).

His compositions were mainly for the clarinet and all are inspired by his native region in Southern France.

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