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Jacques Chailley

Jacques Chailley was born on 24 March 1910 in Paris (France). His father was the renowned violinist Marcel Chailley, his mother the professional pianist Celiny Chailley-Richez and so Jacques Chailley received a musical education from an early age. He attended the school at the Fontgombault Abbey where he taught himself organ playing and sang in the church choir. After school he studied music under Nadia Boulanger (harmony), Claude Delvincourt (counterpoint, fugue), Henri Büsser (composition), Willem Mengelberg and Pierre Monteux (conducting) and musicology - with a special interest in medieval music - under Yvonne Rosketh, Maurice Emmanuel, Andre Pirro and Albert Smijers.

 

After his studies Jacques Chailley dedicated much of his musicological work to music of the early centuries and the development to modern music. He published dozens of books and hundred of articles on topics like medieval music (chanson de geste, troubadours, plainsong, monody, polyphony, dance, etc), on the evolution of music, on music notation, harmony or about different composers like Bach, Mozart, but also Berlioz, Ravel and Debussy.
To promote the medieval music Jacques Chailley harmonised and arranged many songs from that time for modern ensembles. He also founded the choir Psalette Notre-Dame in 1934 to bring these works on stage, and was the conductor of the choir L'Alauda from 1946 to 1960.


Jacques Chailley also worked as a teacher. He was professor for music history at the Lycee La Fontaine from 1951 to 1969 and fulfilled the same position at the Sorbonne from 1952 to 1979. In addition Jacques Chailley was also director of the department of musicology at the Sorbonne from 1952 to 1969 and director of the Schola Cantorum from 1962 to 1982.

Further positions were general inspector of music for the French ministry of national education from 1962 to 1982 as well as president of the Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae, the international society for sacred music, from 1969 to 1974.

 

Beside his research, writing and lecturing about music history Jacques Chailley also composed many original works. That includes an opera, a ballet, 2 symphonies, other orchestral works like Solmisation for strings or Mors est Rolanz, a string quartet, a viola sonata, a piano sonata, Le Jardin Nuptial for piano, Chant funebre for cello and piano, many songs like Le Pelerin d'Assise, an oratorio, Missa Solemnis and other choral works. A special emphasis is placed on pedagogical works (Carnet de dessins, Album pour Francillon, Premiers concerts, 6 ans de piano, Mon piano, etc).

 

Jacques Chailley died on 21 January 1999 in Montpellier (France).

scores for download

 

With the kind permission of the Chailley family I am allowed to publish those works by Jacques Chailley which manuscripts are part of my archive and which are commercially unpublished so far. The following scores can be download free of charge, but all copyrights for performances, recordings or other uses are still in effect. If you would like to commercially play any of those pieces by Jacques Chailley please contact the SACEM.

 

Suite sur des airs Scouts, for small orchestra (1929)

 

Since 1929 Jacques Chailley was a part of the French Scout movement. From 1934 to 1938 he was head of the group in St.-Philippe du Roule, from 1945 to 1946 the head of the complete district. This suite on themes of the Scout movement was written in the year when Jacques Chailley joined the Scouts.

Le Chant de l'Alauda, for piano (1932)

 

This work for piano is a burlesque on Bach, Debussy and Stravinsky. The main theme is a Breton melody which is arranged in the styles of those 3 composers. But the work shouldn't be taken too seriously - it obviously makes fun of Bach, Debussy and Stravinsky. The manuscript also contains a fourth variation titled "I. Albeniz & M. de Falla - Alaudescas", but that remained incomplete (only 10 bars exist).

Chailley_Le_Chant_de_l_Alauda.pdf
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Minuetto scherzando, for violin and piano (1932)

Chailley_Minuetto_scherzando.pdf
PDF-Dokument [79.1 KB]

Double cantabile, for violin, viola and piano (or organ) (1935)

Chailley_Double_cantabile.pdf
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Albenga, for violin and piano (1935)

Chailley_Albenga.pdf
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Aria for viola and piano (1936)

 

The Aria existed in some sort of private publication. In my archive there is the whiteprint original of that release. At least a few of these prints were given away, because the French National Library holds a copy of this score. I now decided to typeset the original autograph manuscript which differs slightly from the printed edition.

Chailley_Aria.pdf
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Malaguena for piano (1943)

 

Jacques Chailley composed this small piano composition for the sight-reading part of the entrance examination of the Conservatoire de Paris ("morceau de dechiffrage pour l'examen-concours de piano superieur au Conservatoire"). The exact date of the examination is given in the manuscript: It was the 2 June 1943.

Chailley_Malaguena.pdf
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Delire de Mammadou (1952)

 

The manuscript does not provide a note about the instrumentation of the work. At first it looks like a piano piece. But there are two small remarks in the score - "violon solo" and "pizz." - that suggest this is just the piano reduction of the composition. Unfortunately there are no other documents related to this piece part of my archive. I also could not find any information about the composition in other sources. Therefore the original instrumentation of the work remains uncertain.

Chailley_Delire_de_Mammadou.pdf
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Jacques Chailley archive

 

In my possession is a large part of the musical estate of Jacques Chailley. That includes many autograph manuscripts of his compositions, some of them previously unpublished. For that reason I would like to present a detailed list of the contents in my archive that other musicians and scholars have the chance to find and discover the many works by Jacques Chailley!

1923

Suite en si majeur

piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1924

Domine, non sum dignus

choir

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1926

Au soleil couchant

5 voices, organ

(unpublished)

Autograph full score (incomplete)

1926

Soleil couchants

voice, piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1926

Ariette oubliee

voice, piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1926

Il pleure dans mon coeur

voice, piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1927

Harmonies au soir

voice, piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1929

Les fleurs du chemin

choir

(after a 15th century folk song)

(published by Rouart, Lerolle et Cie)

Printed copy

1929

Suite sur des airs Scouts

small orchestra

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1930

Le Noel des Dyables

reciter, choir, percussion

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1930

Le Rouge-Gorge

choir

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1930/49

La Noce a Gonesse

voice, piano

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1931

Dupont a Franceville

operetta

(unpublished)

Autograph piano reduction (incomplete)

1932

Le chant de l‘Alauda

piano

(previous title: Variations a la maniere de Bach, Debussy, Strawinsky sur un theme breton)

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1932

Le voyage des Rois Mages

soli, choir, small orchestra

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1932

Minuetto scherzando

violin, piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1933

3 Negro spirituals

choir

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1934

Ophelia

soprano, choir, orchestra

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

Autograph piano reduction

1935

Chansons du XV. siecle

1. J‘ay vu la beaute ma mie

2. L‘amour de moy

3. J‘ai avise un rosier

choir

(No.1 published by Rouart, Lerolle et Cie)

Autograph full score

Printed score (1)

1935

Pastourelle

choir

(folksong from the Ardeche, collected by Gustave Cohen, noted down and harmonised by Jacques Chailley)

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1935

Double cantabile

violin, viola, organ (or piano)

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1935

Puisque Robin j‘ai a nom

voice, violon, alto

(most likely a part from „Le Jeu de Robin et Marion“ by Adam de la Halle, transcribed by Jacques Chailley and published by Librairie Delagrave in 1935)

Autograph full score

1936

Trois pieces en courte point

flute, piano

(published by Leduc)

Printed score

1936

Le bonheur est dans le pre

2 voices, orchestra

(the piano reduction was published by A Coeur Joie in 1995)

Autograph piano reduction

Autograph parts

1936

Deux sonneries en fanfare dans le style du XIIIe siecle

brass ensemble

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1936

Albenga

violin, piano

(unpublished)

- Autograph working manuscript

- Autograph full score

1936

Aria

viola, piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1936

La tentation de St. Antoine

choir, orchestra

(published by Lemoine)

Autograph orchestral parts (incomplete)

1937

ΘEONITΣΑ

choir

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1939

Quatuor a cordes

string quartet

(published by Salabert)

Autograph full score

Autograph parts

Printed score

1940

Sonate pour alto et piano

viola, piano

(published by Leduc)

Printed score

1940

Album pour Francillon

piano

(published by Editions Ouvrieres)

Printed score

1941

Scherzetto

string orchestra, percussion ad lib.

(arrangement of the Scherzo from the String quartet)

(unpublished)

Autograph parts

1942

Pieces contemplatives

1. Sarabande

2. Organum

3. Oraison

4. Alleluia (Confitemini Domino) (1947)

string quartet

(originally for string quartet and only with the first three movements. In 1947 the fourth movement „Alleluia“ for voice and string quartet was added)

(original version published by Costallat)

- Autograph full score (first 3 movements)

- Autograph whiteprint original parts for „Alleluia“

- Printed score

1942

Carnet de dessins

piano

(published by Salabert, in the USA under the title „Sketchbook“, exists also in an arrangement by Michel Sadanowsky for 2 guitars)

Printed score (guitar version)

Printed score (Sketchbook)

1942-53

Suite sans Pretention pour M. De Moliere

first version: ondes Martenot trio

second version: wind quartet (1981)

(2. version published by Lemoine)

- Autograph full score of wind quartet version

- Autograph whiteprint originals of ondes version

- Printed score

1943

La malade imaginaire

voices, guitar

(music for the play „La Malade Imaginaire“ after Moliere)

(unpublished)

Autograph whiteprint original

1943

Laetabundus de Dom Pinard

chant, string quartet

(unpublished)

- Autograph parts

- Copy of autograph piano reduction

1943

Malaguena

piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1945

Epitaphe de Jean de la Fontaine

choir

(originally by Francois Couperin, arranged for choir by Jacques Chailley)

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1945

Chant funebre

cello, piano

(published by Leduc)

- Autograph working manuscript

- Printed score

1946

Barcarolle

wind quintet

(published by Leduc)

Autograph parts

Printed score

1946

La haut sur la montagne

choir

(folk song of the Morvandiau shepherds, noted down and harmonised by Jacques Chailley)

(published by Rolland pere et fils)

Printed score

1946

Aux morts pour la patrie

choir

(published by Leduc)

Autograph part (incomplete)

1947

Le menuisier

voice, piano

(published under the title „Le menuisier du roi“ by Costallat)

Autograph full score

1947

Suite de XIII. Siecle
orchestra

(subtitled: Danses et Conduits)

(unpublished)

Autograph parts

1947

Symphonie No.1

orchestra

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1947/81

Jardin nuptial

1. version: piano (1949)

2. version: 2 pianos (1981)

3. version: piano 4 hands (1981)

(1. version published by Salabert)

- Autograph full score (version 2 pianos)

- Autograph full score (version 4 hands)

- Printed score

1948

A l‘entree du temps clair

choir

(published with the title „La Ballette de la Reine d‘Avril“ by Salabert)

Autograph full score

1948

Trojak

choir

(Polish folk song, harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(published by Rouart, Lerolle et Cie)

Printed score

1948

Improvisation a deux

violin, viola

(published by Leduc)

Printed score

1948

Exercises de style

choir, piano

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1949

A ma femme

voice, piano

(published by Leduc)

Copy of autograph full score

1949

La Marseillaise et le Chant du Depart

voice, orchestra

(piano reduction published by A Coeur Joie)

- Copy of autograph full score

- Printed score

1949

Drindet Santel

choir

(also titled „Esprit de Dieu“)

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1949-52

Ballade de Villon a Notre-Dame

baritone (or contralto), orchestra

(unpublished)

- Autograph parts

- Copy of autograph piano reduction

1950

Voici le jour de la naissance

choir

(folk song from the Ile de France (1660), harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1950

Le petit chaperon rouge

narrator, piano

(published by P. Noel)

Copy of autograph full score

1951

La Belle au Bois

stage work

- Typewritten libretto

- Autograph piano reduction of the Prelude

1951

Pueri Hebraeorum

choir

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1951

Dans la ferme a Mathurin

choir

(after the English folk song „Old Mac Dougal had a farm“, harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(published by Editions Musicales de la Schola Cantorum)

Printed score

1952

Chanson de Vaga

voice, piano

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1952

Delire de Mammadou

unknown instrumentation

(unpublished)

Autograph piano reduction

1953

Deux spirituels

choir

(translation and harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(published by Salabert)

Printed score

1954

En revenant de noces

choir

(harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(published by Leduc)

Printed score

1955

Reveillez-vous, picards

choir

(15th century song, harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(published by Leduc)

Printed score

1956

Trois chansons de la guerre de cent ans

(harmonisation by Jacques Chailley of three songs from the Bayeux manuscript)

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1958

Hymne a la nuit (d‘apres Rameau)

choir

(harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1959

Carnaval

piano

(later incorporated as the final movement into the Sonata breve for piano (1965), which was published by Choudens)

Copy of autograph full score

1960

Le drame de Roncevaux

wind ensemble and percussion

(a shorter „Suite de Concert“ exists which has the title „Or est grand deuil pour la mort de Roland“ or in English „A Roland‘s funeral music“. This shorter suite exists also in a version for brass ensemble)

(unpublished)

- Autograph full score (Le drame de Roncevaux)

- Copy of autograph full score (A Roland‘s funeral music, brass version)

1961

Impromptu

piano

(later incorporated as the second movement into the Sonata breve for piano (1965), which was published by Choudens)

Copy of autograph full score

1962

Indicatif par le Television d‘apres Lully

wind ensemble

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1962

Quatre pieces d‘orgue pour la liturgie de la messe

organ

(previous title: Missa pro organo)

(unpublished)

- Autograph whiteprint originals (of „Missa pro organo“)

- Autograph working manuscript (of „Quatre pieces..“)

1963

Plainte de Rachel

soli, choir, organ

(published by Fuzeau)

Copy of autograph full score

1964

Indicatif T.V. Eurovision d‘apres Charpentier

orchestra

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1964

Cadence pour la Symphonie concertante K.364 de Mozart

violin, viola

(published by Leduc)

Autograph whiteprint original

1965

Deux epigrammes de Voltaire

choir

(published by A Coeur Joie)

Copy of autograph full score

1967

Variations sur un theme redoute: CAEM

5 recorder

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1972

Premiers concerts

violin (or viola), piano

(published by Leduc)

- Autograph whiteprint original

- Printed score

1972

Pagaie pas gaie

piano

(published by Lemoine)

Printed score

1972

Cantabile

string orchestra

(published by Editions Francaises de Musique)

- Autograph whiteprint original of full score

- Autograph whiteprint original of parts

- Autograph whiteprint original of piano reduction

1974

Mors est Rolanz

wind ensemble

(published by Editions Musicales Transatlantiques)

- Autograph piano reduction

- Copy of autograph full score

1975

Prelude et allegro

viola, cello

(published by Leduc)

- Autograph whiteprint originals of parts

- Printed score

1976

Suite enfantine

1. version: brass quintet

2. version: brass septet

3. version: brass octet

4. version: wind quintet

(new arrangement of pieces from „Carnet de dessins“ and the individual „Pagaie pas gaie“, all originally for piano)

(1., 2. and 4. version published by Salabert)

- Autograph full score (brass quintet)

- Copy of autograph full score (septet)

- Copy of autograph full score (octet)

- Printed score (brass quintet, septet)

1976

Prelude medieval

wind septet

(published by Salabert)

- Copy of autograph full score

- Printed score

1977

Solmisation

string orchestra

(published by Leduc)

- Autograph piano reduction

- Copy of autograph full score

1978

Sur le nom d‘Helene

viola, piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1978

Gavotte

flute, harpsichord

(extract from „3 pieces en courte-point“, later incorporated into the „Suite a l‘ancienne“)

(published by Leduc)

Printed score

1978

Suite a l‘ancienne

flute, harpsichord

(unpublished)

- Autograph parts of flute

- Copy of autograph full score

1980

Symphonie No.2

orchestra

(unpublished)

- Autograph full score (2. movement)

- Autograph piano reduction

- Autograph whiteprint original of full score (3. movement)

- Autograph parts

- Copy of autograph full score

1980

Adagio pour cordes

string orchestra

(arrangement of the 2nd movement „Andante“ from the Symphonie No.2)

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1981

Paraphrases liturgiques

1. Gloire a Toi

2. Per ipsum

3. Credo

4. Priere universelle

organ

(first contained only the movements 1 and 2 and was titled „Deux paraphrases liturgiques“, then movement 4 was added and finally movement 3)

(published by Combre)

- Autograph full score (of „Credo“)

- Copy of complete autograph full score

1982

Au gre du vent

choir

(melody by Raymond Touati, harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(published by A Coeur Joie)

Autograph full score

1983

Recitatif et cantilene

flute, piano

(published by Lemoine)

- Autograph full score

- Copy of autograph parts

1983

Elegie

horn, piano

(published by Billaudot)

- Copy of autograph full score

- Printed score

1983

Morceaux faciles pour piano

piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1984

Il pleut, bergere

choir

(romance by Louis-Victor Simon, harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(published by A Coeur Joie)

Printed score

1984

Mini-suite

recorder quartet

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1985

6 ans de piano

piano

(contains 3 of the 4 pieces from „Morceaux faciles“ and adds 3 new pieces)

(published by Leduc)

Autograph full score

1985

Prelude dedicace

organ

(published by Combre)

Autograph full score

Printed score

1985

Diptyque d‘Ecriture Sainte

organ

(The work „Nunc dimittis“ can be performed between the two parts, then changing the title to „Triptyque ..“)

(published by Combre)

Copy of autograph full score

 

Nunc dimittis

organ

(can be performed between the two parts of the „Diptyque d‘Ecriture Sainte“, then changing the title to „Triptyque ..“)

Copy of autograph full score

1987

Sonate pour violon seul

violin

(published by Zurfluh)

Autograph whiteprint original

1987

12 petites pieces modales

soprano recorder, piano

(published by Leduc)

Printed score

1987

Annonciation

organ

(published by Combre)

Autograph full score

1987

Tre cellini benvenuti

3 cellos

(published by Fuzeau)

Autograph full score

Printed score

1988

Mon piano – 12 pieces faciles

piano

(published by Zurfluh)

- Copy of autograph full score

- Printed score

1988

A.L.N.

viola

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1989

Ballade romantique

piano

(published by Combre)

- Copy of autograph full score

- Printed score

1989

A nous deux – 6 petites pieces pour piano a 4 mains (maitre et eleve)

piano

(published by Fuzeau)

- Copy of autograph full score

- Printed score

1989

Hommage au Margrave de Brandebourg

lute

(published by Zurfluh)

- Copy of autograph full score

- Printed score

1990

Dialogue de claviers

organ

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1991

4 interludes pour „Ma mere l‘oye“ de Ravel

2 pianos

(transcription of the orchestral version by Ravel)

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1991

3 mouvements

recorder quartet

(previously titled „Sonatine“)

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1991

A due violini

2 violins

(published by Peer)

- Copy of autograph full score

- Printed score

1992

Jeu de quartes

trumpet, organ

(published by Hamelle)

- Copy of autograph full score

- Printed score

1992

Sonatina Margravina

guitar

(published by Zurfluh)

- Autograph full score of 2nd movement

- Copy of complete autograph full score

- Printed score

1992

6 pieces en sous-sol

piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1994

Andante

violin, piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1994

Memorial

violin, cello, organ

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

1995

Le banc d‘orgue

organ

(published by Editions Musicales de la Schola Cantorum)

Copy of autograph full score

1995

Melodie

piano

(published by Combre under the title "Melodine")

Autograph full score

Printed score

1995

L‘Auvergnat

choir

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

1995

Sonatine

violin, piano

(unpublished)

- Autograph violin part

- Copy of autograph full score

1996

Impromptu

harpsichord

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

 

Andantino

violin, viola, organ

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

 

Complainte de Guenole

choir, piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

 

c‘est le vent…

mixed choir

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

 

Slaap, Kindje!

soprano, baritone

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

 

Ego sum panis vivus

choir

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

 

Oedipe Roi

choir, orchestra

(unpublished)

Autograph full score (incomplete)

 

Cakewalk

piano

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

 

Chant d‘Eucharistie

1. version: organ

2. version: piano

(unpublished)

- Autograph full score (piano)

- Copy of autograph full score (organ)

 

Mon pere m‘a mariee

choir

(folksong, harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

 

Le p‘tit Quinquin

choir

(music by Desrousseaux, harmonisation by Jacques Chailley)

(published by Editions Gras)

Autograph full score

Printed score

 

Le bon roi Dagobert

2 voices

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

 

Nicolas

3 voices

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

 

Indicatif Television de Paris

piano

(unpublished)

Copy of autograph full score

 

Soleil leve-toi

choir

(unpublished)

Autograph full score

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