Composer of the Week: Charles Koechlin

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This week Donald Macleod explores the music of the relatively little known composer Charles Koechlin.

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TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 12:00

 

 In the first episode of the week of programmes about Charles Koechlin (1867-1950) Donald Macleod reveals the composer’s music to be elegant, engaging and witty. He makes a case for it as comparable to the works of Debussy, Satie and Poulenc, and views Koechlin as a missing link between the three. The composer worked across a diverse period in the history of music and drew inspiration from wide interests, which include photography, Hollywood’s golden age and Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. In fact, the first episode reveals just how much Kipling’s literary work influenced Koechlin’s vocal music, five major works of which were based on the book.