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Roger Desormiere (1898 - 1963)


During his childhood the young Roger Désormière would give small summer concerts instead of playing children’s games. In due course he entered the Paris Conservatoire where his teachers were extremely distinguished: he studied flute with Philippe Gaubert, orchestration with Vincent d’Indy, fugue with Charles Koechlin, and harmony with Xavier Leroux. Désormière then worked as a flautist in various Parisian orchestras before making his debut as a conductor with the Concerts Pleyel in 1921. From 1923 onwards he collaborated with the group of composers known as Les Six, and was himself a member of the École d’Arcueil, which was founded by Erik Satie, Henri Sauguet, Maxime Jacob and Henri Clicquot-Pleyel. He conducted the first performances of ballets choreographed by Massine with music by Satie and Milhaud at the Soirées de Paris, and composed the music for Cocteau’s abbreviated production of Romeo and Juliet. After a year as chief conductor with the Ballets Suédois, he took the same position with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1925, staying with the company and touring widely until 1929. Among the composers who worked with the company

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