He composed examples of most of the major forms of music, except for opera. The especially fine piano quintet in B minor, written in , helped establish his reputation. Other works include a violin sonata Sonate Libre , a late string quartet, a saxophone quartet, Dionysiaques for wind band, and two symphonies. He was part of the group known as the Apaches. His own style, recognizably impressionistic, owed something to the example of Debussy, though it had distinct traces of Wagner and Richard Strauss also.
From to Schmitt worked as a music critic for Le Temps, in which role he created considerable controversy, not least for his indiscreet habit of shouting out verdicts from his seat in the hall.
Prélude, op. 28, no. 15 (Chopin)
The music publisher Huegel went so far as to call him "an irresponsible lunatic". Having been one of the most often performed of French composers in the period between the two world wars, Schmitt afterwards fell into comparative obscurity, although he continued writing music till the end and in he became a member of the Legion of Honor.
He became the subject of attacks — both in his old age and posthumously — over his pro-German sympathies during the s, and over his willingness to work for the Vichy government later on as indeed other eminent French musicians did, notably Alfred Cortot and Joseph Canteloube.
But the s witnessed a small-scale revival of his output, and an increased coverage of it on compact disc. Read more on Last. Login Enregistrez et partagez vos listes de lecture avec vos amis. John Tavener Artistes Info. Wim Mertens Artistes Info. John Adams Artistes Info. Olivier Messiaen Artistes Info.
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