La Nuit from Le Désert for Viola or Cello and Piano
Félicien David (1810-1876) though widely known in his home country for his spectacular operas, filled with exotic music, elsewhere he virtually unknown. David was born in the south of France in the town of Cadenet. His early musical education took place there, but much of what he learned was through self-study of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. At the age of 20, he moved to Paris and entered the Paris Conservatory. While in Paris, he fell under the sway of the Saint-Simonian movement, which he joined. With them, he traveled to Egypt, where he lived for a number of years. Intoxicated with the near east, when he returned to France, he began composing operas, such as Le Desert, which incorporated the melodies he heard there. His exotic-sounding music electrified French audiences and became extraordinarily popular. Transcriptions followed. Henri Vieuxtemps, the famous violinist transcribed one of the most beautiful from that opera.
This is a lovely and appealing recital work which always makes a deep impression. It is well suited to the singing quality of both instruments and Henri Vieuxtemps arrangement could not be more effective. Long out of print, we are please to make it available again.