DESPORTES (YVONNE)
  • Yvonne Desportes, 1907-1993, composer, musicologist and pedagogue comes from a family of artists. Born in Coburg (Germany), she is the daughter of conductor and composer Émile Desportes (1878-1944) and Berthe Froriep, of German origin, painter and designer of models.
  • Before being twelve, Yvonne Desportes exhibited her paintings and w...
  • Yvonne Desportes, 1907-1993, composer, musicologist and pedagogue comes from a family of artists. Born in Coburg (Germany), she is the daughter of conductor and composer Émile Desportes (1878-1944) and Berthe Froriep, of German origin, painter and designer of models.
  • Before being twelve, Yvonne Desportes exhibited her paintings and wrote her first work "Le Congé de Papa". She studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris and follows the teaching of Marcel Dupré, Maurice Emmanuel and Paul Dukas. She became one of the first women to obtain the First Grand Prix of Rome (musical composition) in 1932 for the cantata Le pardon. (following here Lili Boulanger, in 1913, Marguerite Canal in 1920, Jeanne Leleu in 1923 and Elsa Barraine in 1929). In addition to her job as a composer, she teaches music theory (1943-1959) at the Paris Conservatory, then fugue and counterpoint (1959-1973) and prepares future music teachers for the certificate of aptitude competition. music education (CAEM).
  • Yvonne Desportes composes a large number of works (more than five hundred), including ballets and operas, stage music and secular and sacred choral pieces, as well as didactic works including a "Precis of harmonic analysis" and a "Practical manual for approaching styles". She often accompanies her music with an original illustration.
  • She marries Ulysse Gémignani (1906-1973), First Grand Prix of Rome in sculpture 1933, met at the Villa Medici. They have three children including Vincent, composer and percussionist, inventor of Brontè (a percussion instrument) and Michel, painter, Prix de Rome 1966 and professor at the National School of Fine Arts.
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