Gabriel Pierne was born in Metz in 1863. His family moved
to Paris to escape the Franco-Prussian War. This gave him
the opportunity to study at the Paris Conservatoire,
gaining first prizes for solfege, piano, organ,
counterpoint and fugue. He won the French Prix de Rome in
1882, for his cantata Edith. His teachers included Cesar
Franck (organ) and Jules Massenet (composition).
He succeeded Cesar Franck as organist at Saint Clotilde
Basilica in Paris from 1890 to 1898. He was associated
for many years with Edouard Colonne's concert series,
the Concerts Colonne, and became chief conductor of this
series in 1910. The world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's
ballet The Firebird, at the Ballets Russes in Paris on
June 25, 1910 was conducted by Gabriel Pierne. He
remained in this position until 1933 when Paul Paray
took over his duties. Pierne died in 1937.
Pierne's Piece in G minor, originally composed for oboe
and piano, was a very early work, composed in 1883. Its
popularity has led to transcriptions for several other
instruments. This new edition is edited for clarinet by
John Anderson. Non-technical solo; duration: 2.5 minutes.