Various Authors 8:30 a.m., Aug. 19
World Cup: French round one, day one.
Could Mickey Mouse defeat Romeo and Faust? Day one of the World Cup of Composers.
The French are going to be kicking off the World Cup of Compsers. Let’s take a look at the combatants.
In Baroque pool-play we have François Couperin (1668–1733), Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645–1704), and Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683–1764).
While these are great and wonderful composers they might not have the endurance to keep up with the 19th and 20th Century Frogs.
Here is your French bracket. Berlioz is getting the top seed and is through to the second round.
Messian and Durufle refused to participate because they think this tournament idea is silly. Leo Delibes was too busy licensing his Flower Duet to yet another Hollywood production.
Fauré vs. Saint- Saëns
Dukas vs. Gounod
Massenet vs. Franck
Godard vs. Offenbach
Bizet vs. Chausson
Chabrier vs. Debussy
Ravel vs. Satie
In the first match Saint- Saëns dominated Fauré. While Fauré’s Requiem might one of the loveliest pieces of music ever written, Saint- Saëns has The Swan from Carnival of the Animals which is also lovely. Saint- Saëns also brings large scale works such as Samson et Dalila, his Symphony No. 3, and his piano concertos.
Dukas vs. Gounod was closer than we might imagine because Dukas got a lot of traction from his Sorcerer’s Apprentice becoming a Disney Icon. However, Gounod’s operas Faust and Romeo et Juliette carried him through to the next round.
Massenet vs. Franck was easily carried by Massenet. While Franck has his solid Symphony in D and Panis Angelicus, Massenet only needed to field his opera Werther to secure his spot in round two.
The composers through to the next French round after day one are: Berlioz, Saint- Saëns, Gounod, and Massenet.