Lied for Cello or Viola and Piano, Op.19
Vincent d’Indy (1851-1931) studied composition at the Paris Conservatory with César Franck. Though D’Indy was to assimilate and be influenced by many different sources, Franck and his music left the most telling mark on him. D’Indy’s reputation, during his own lifetime was considerable, having founded, in 1900, what was to become the most important music school in France after the Paris Conservatory—The Schola Cantorum.
The Lied, which was composed in 1884 and was originally for cello and orchestra was quickly arranged by the composer cello or viola and piano. Once critic has called the Lied one long, beautiful French art song and certainly this lovely music has a very vocal quality to it. It is in one movement and would make a fine shorter recital work.