The French composer, Georges Auric lived from 1899 – 1983.
A child prodigy, he began writing songs and piano pieces as
early as twelve years of age and by the age of fifteen had
composed over 200 works. His family moved to Paris when he
was fourteen, at which time he began studying with
Georges Caussade at the Paris Conservatory. Georges
later studied under the composers Vincent d'Indy and
Albert Roussel at the Schola Cantorum. Before he turned
20, he had orchestrated and written incidental music for
several ballets and stage productions.
As a young musician, Auric was influenced by Erik Satie
and he joined a group of French composers known as Les
Six, who wrote music with a popular appeal. In Auric's
words, it was music that produced 'auditory pleasure
without demanding a disproportionate effort from the
listener.' Other composers in the group included
Poulenc, Milhaud, Honegger, Tailleferre and Durey.
Auric began writing film scores at the beginning of the
1930s, when Jean Cocteau started making motion
pictures. His most notable film score was Moulin Rouge
(1952). From 1954 to 1978, Auric was chairman of SACEM,
the French Performing Rights Society, and from 1962 to
1968, he was also director of the Opera National de
Paris. Auric continued to write classical chamber music,
especially for winds, up to his death.
The Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon was written in
1938. The current edition is based on the first
published parts from Editions De L'Oiseau Lyre. Obvious
errors in notation have been corrected and missing
slurs, articulation markings and dynamics have been
added for consistency between the parts. Score and
parts are included in the set.