Prelude de Concert for Bassoon and Piano, Op.53
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.
In 1898 PiernÚ composed a brilliant solo work for bassoon and piano, the Solo de Concert. Thirty five years later, in 1933, he revisited the genre and wrote h is Prelude de Concert based on a theme by the English Renaissance composer Henry Purcell. The lively work is set in a neo-classical format.