Pierné: Gabriel. Sheet Music and Biography

By | September 16, 2021

Pierné Sheet Music

Colour Portrait of Gabriel Pierné
16 Aug 1863 – 17 July 1937

Gabriel Pierné (born Henri Constant Gabriel Pierné on 16 August 1863) was a French composer, organist, and conductor of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

We have a selection of his works on music-scores.com.

Early Life and Career

Pierné showed talent from an early age probably inheriting his musical genes from his parents. His father was a teacher at the Metz Conservatoire and his mother a piano teacher.

As a result of the Franco-Russian War Pierné’s family moved to Paris. Consequently, this enabled Pierné the opportunity to study at the Paris Conservatoire between 1871 and 1882. During his time there he met with Claude Debussy. His teachers included César Franck and Jules Massenet. He earned medals for solfège, piano, counterpoint, fugue, and organ all culminating his the Prix de Rome in 1882 for his cantata ‘Edith’.

Pierné superseded his old teacher César Franck as organist at St. Clotilde cathedral in 1890. Considering he was only twenty-seven at the time this was considered quite an achievement. He held this post until 1898 choosing to concentrate on composing and conducting.

In 1903 he became assistant conductor of the Concerts Colonne, seven years later he became the principal conductor a position he held until his death. This position provided him with the experience and opportunities to become a well-known conductor and composer.

In addition to his conducting he was a member of the directing committee of studies at the Paris Conservatoire and also produced compositions for the Ballet Russes. One of his famous performances there was Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’.

In 1925 Pierné received an appointment to the Académie des Beaux Arts. Following this he became Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur

Pierné died in Ploujean on 17 July 1937. His body, however, is laid to rest at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Le Place Gabriel Pierné in Paris bears his name along with many restaurants there.

Pierné Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

Front page of Viennoise: Suite de Valses et Cortege Blues: Piano sheet music

On music-scores.com we have a selection of arrangements by Gabriel Pierné including Viennoise six waltzes and the cortege blues all in PDF format.

For further reading on this composer why not take a look at Wikipedia and AllMusic.

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