Divertissement Jacques Ibert. (Born August 15, , in Paris; died there February 5, ). Although Jacques Ibert’s education was interrupted by service in. Jacques François Antoine Marie Ibert (15 August – 5 February ) was a French This is seen even in his best-known pieces: Divertissement, for small orchestra is lighthearted, even frivolous, and Escales () is a ripely romantic. This orchestra piece was taken from a score of incidental music that Ibert wrote for a stage play called The Italian Straw Hat. This superior-grade light music is.

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The cultural scene of the s was infused by a spirit — part relief, part jubilation — in which entertainment could be enjoyed guilt free, unfettered by the sobriety, austerity, and destruction that had attended the recent Great War. Dance and theater enjoyed a creative explosion, and composers of every musical persuasion participated, producing perhaps more incidental and theater music and ballet scores than at any other time since; scarcely any composer of note escaped the decade without having produced his or her share of such works.


Ibert ‘s Divertissement is drawn from the incidental score the composer produced for the farcical nineteenth century Labiche play The Italian Straw Hat. Labiche’s comedy, a classic of its type, recounts the adventures of a nervous bridegroom on his wedding day as he attempts to save a woman’s honor by searching for a replacement for a hat he inadvertently ruined, all the while concealing his frantic divertjssement from his intended bride, her suspicious father, and the entire wedding party.

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Along the way, disguises, unlikely deceptions, misunderstandings, and mistaken identities propel the action ivert ever greater frenzy before a tidy resolution. The confluence of periods in the Divertissement — a genre with roots in the Baroque applied to a nineteenth century comedy by a twentieth century composer — is reflected in the parodistic pastiche that informs the work’s six sections.

In addition to Ibert ‘s “own” music, references to other styles, both sly and blatant, abound. By the end, the astute listener has made his way through a thicket strewn with blues and jazz, music hall tunes, spiky modernist dissonance, Viennese waltzes, and iert Wedding March from Mendelssohn ‘s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


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divertissejent The Eduardo Mata Years. Divertissement; Escales; Flute Concerto; Symphonie marine. Debussy, Roussel, Jolivet, Ibert, Milhaud: Souvenir de Florence; Serenade; Bizet: Le Tombeau de Couperin.

Escales; Divertissement; Symphonie marine.

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Barbirolli conducts French Music. Symphony in B flat, Op. Divertiment; Concertino da Camera; Francis Poulenc: Ravel, Faure, Debussy and others.