Fantasie-Impromptu for Violin and Piano, Op.4
Gabriel PiernÚ (1863-1937) was born in the French city of Metz. His parents were musicians and he was eventually sent to study at the Paris Conservatoire, where his teachers included CÚsar Franck and Jules Massenet. A gifted and highly talented student, he won several prizes, including performance awards in piano and organ and composition awards in counterpoint and fugue. He also won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1882. He enjoyed a successful career as an organist as well as a conductor at the Ballets Russes in Paris. He was also a prolific composer who left several works in most genres.
The Fantasie-Impromtu for violin and piano is one of many genre pieces that PiernÚ wrote. He was a master of this format early on as this work, which dates from 1886 clearly demonstrates. It is brilliantly scored for both players.
This impressive work makes a fine short recital work or a superb encore.