Ernest Chausson

Was a Paris-born composer who studied with César Franck. He left behind a limited body of work mostly because of his early death from a cycling accident at age 44.

Chausson is an important composer, creating a body of work that embodies the French romantic spirit. 

He wrote a number of songs for voice and piano and three works for voice and orchestra, including the stunningly beautiful Poème de l'Amour et de la Mer, and a number of choral works. His dramatic and incidental music include his opera Le Roi Arthus. His beautiful chamber music compositions include the Trio in G minor, Op. 3, the Concert in D Major for piano, violin and string quartet, Op.21, the Quartet in A Major for piano, violin, viola and cello, Opus 30 and his unfinished string quartet, Opus 35.

Chausson's orchestral works are his symphony in Bb Major, Opus 20, the symphonic poem Viviane, Opus. 5, and the famous Poème for violin and orchestra, Opus 25 as well as the unpublished Soir de Fête, Opus 32.


Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1882 Mélodies Opus 2 3.00 stars CD
Jessye Norman - Soprano
Michel Dalberto - Piano
1889-1890 Symphony in B flat Opus 20 3.00 stars  LP
Chausson Comments:
Suisse Romande Orchestra cond. Ernest Ansermet
1891 Poème de l'Amour et de la Mer Opus 19 4.50 stars CD
Jessye Norman,
Lane Anderson
Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Armin Jordan
1898 Chanson perpétuelle 4.00 stars CD
Chausson Comments:
Anne Sofie von Otter - Mezzo Soprano
String Quartet and Bengt Forsberg - Piano
1898 Chanson perpétuelle 4.00 stars CD
Jessye Norman
Lane Anderson
Jean-Pierre Pigerre
Ronald Patterson
Salvatore Sansalone
Michel Dalberto
1898-1900 String Quartet 4.00 stars CD
Via Nova Quartet