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Composed by the 27-year-old Igor Markovitch when he was at the height of his creative powers, La Taille de l’Homme (The Measure of Man) is a virtuoso ensemble work which fully deserves to be in the repertoire despite its incomplete state (Part 2 was never written).
The libretto was written by C. F. Ramuz, author of text of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.
The score of this powerful evocation of life's stages linked to the passage of the seasons was long believed lost until it was discovered among the papers of Markovitch’s teacher, Nadia Boulanger.
“Until the British conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee began to record Markevitch's music for Marco Polo in 1995, most of us knew this music only by hearsay. So it was thrilling to discover that it really is as good as all those amazed early commentators suggested.”
Igor Markevitch: La taille de l'homme
Prelude: Lento - Andante molto sostenuto ed espressivo - Arioso (andantino) - Tempo del Andante
Choral orne: Allegro - Poco adagio - Tempo I
Sonate I: Lento - Allegro vivace
Sonate II: Andantino
Sonate III: Scherzo: Prestissimo - Trio (Adagio: variante de l'Arioso du Prelude) - Prestissimo
Sonate IV: Rondo [Allegro molto] - Cadenza for solo piano - [Allegro molto]