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Maurice  Gendron

Born: December 26th, 1920
Died: August 20th, 1990
Country of origin: France

Maurice Gendron (1920 - 1990) was born in Nice, France. His mother played the violin in a theater orchestra, and Maurice received violin lessons at the age of four. He disliked the violin, and took up the cello a year later at the age of five. He played a quarter-size cello, and like it very much. His first cello teacher, Stepane Odero took him to hear Feuermann play, and the ten-year-old Gendron was moved to tears by the experience. He graduated from the Nice Conservatory with first prize at the age of 14, in 1934. Three years later he want to Paris to study with Gerard Hekking. He lived on a shoestring, and his health suffered so much that he was classifed exempt from military service in WWII. However he joined the Resistance, and refused to perform in Germany.



After the war, he made his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in London, December 2, 1945. Benjamin Britten was his accompanist, and they performed sonatas by Faure and Debussy. It was also in December of 1945 that Gendron gave the European premier performance of Prokofiev’s First Cello Concerto, with the London Philharmonic and Walter Susskind. Gendron would joke about it saying, "That’s how I began my career. No one wanted to hear Maurice Gendron, but they all wanted to hear Prokofiev!"



Gendron’s New York debut was at a memorial concert for Feuermann, where he performed the Dvorak and Haydn D Major Concertos. He formed a string trio with Yehudi and Hepzibah Menuhin that lasted for 25 years. Gendron is unique in being the only solo cellist conducted by Pablo Casals on a commercial recording. They did the Haydn D Major, and the Boccherini B Flat with the Lamoureaux Orchestra, from original scores discovered by Gendron in the Dresden State Library.



Gendron became a professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1970, and has taught at other music schools around Europe. He is admired especially for his interpretations of French music.


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  1. Introduction et Polonaise brillante

    Introduction et Polonaise brillante

    de Frédéric Chopin, op. 3
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  2. Fantaisie

    Fantaisie

    pour violoncelle et orchestre
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  3. Variations de concert

    Variations de concert

    for violoncello and string orchestra
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Instrumentation : cello and string orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  4. Introduction et Polonaise brillante

    Introduction et Polonaise brillante

    (Maurice Gendron Transcriptions classiques et romantiques)
    Composer : Chopin, Frédéric
    op. 3
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37620
    €11.00  *
  5. Nocturne

    Nocturne

    from the Ballet "Les Demoiselles de la Nuit"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37702
    €13.00  *
  6. Rondino staccato

    Rondino staccato

    from the Opera "Le diable boiteux"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37703
    €14.50  *
  7. Mouvement perpétuel

    Mouvement perpétuel

    from "L'Arlequin blanc"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37704
    €13.00  *
  8. Variations sur un thème de Rossini

    Variations sur un thème de Rossini

    sur une seule corde
    Composer : Paganini, Niccolò
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37778
    €10.00  *
  9. Sérénade

    Sérénade

    From the "Serenade for small orchestra"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37855
    €13.00  *
  10. Berceuse

    Berceuse

    from the opera "L'Apostrophe"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 38406
    €10.50  *

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Maurice Gendron (1920 - 1990) was born in Nice, France. His mother played the violin in a theater orchestra, and Maurice received violin lessons at the age of four. He disliked the violin, and took up the cello a year later at the age of five. He played a quarter-size cello, and like it very much. His first cello teacher, Stepane Odero took him to hear Feuermann play, and the ten-year-old Gendron was moved to tears by the experience. He graduated from the Nice Conservatory with first prize at the age of 14, in 1934. Three years later he want to Paris to study with Gerard Hekking. He lived on a shoestring, and his health suffered so much that he was classifed exempt from military service in WWII. However he joined the Resistance, and refused to perform in Germany.



After the war, he made his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in London, December 2, 1945. Benjamin Britten was his accompanist, and they performed sonatas by Faure and Debussy. It was also in December of 1945 that Gendron gave the European premier performance of Prokofiev’s First Cello Concerto, with the London Philharmonic and Walter Susskind. Gendron would joke about it saying, "That’s how I began my career. No one wanted to hear Maurice Gendron, but they all wanted to hear Prokofiev!"



Gendron’s New York debut was at a memorial concert for Feuermann, where he performed the Dvorak and Haydn D Major Concertos. He formed a string trio with Yehudi and Hepzibah Menuhin that lasted for 25 years. Gendron is unique in being the only solo cellist conducted by Pablo Casals on a commercial recording. They did the Haydn D Major, and the Boccherini B Flat with the Lamoureaux Orchestra, from original scores discovered by Gendron in the Dresden State Library.



Gendron became a professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1970, and has taught at other music schools around Europe. He is admired especially for his interpretations of French music.


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per page
  1. Introduction et Polonaise brillante

    Introduction et Polonaise brillante

    de Frédéric Chopin, op. 3
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  2. Fantaisie

    Fantaisie

    pour violoncelle et orchestre
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Instrumentation : cello and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  3. Variations de concert

    Variations de concert

    for violoncello and string orchestra
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Instrumentation : cello and string orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  4. Introduction et Polonaise brillante

    Introduction et Polonaise brillante

    (Maurice Gendron Transcriptions classiques et romantiques)
    Composer : Chopin, Frédéric
    op. 3
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37620
    €11.00  *
  5. Nocturne

    Nocturne

    from the Ballet "Les Demoiselles de la Nuit"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37702
    €13.00  *
  6. Rondino staccato

    Rondino staccato

    from the Opera "Le diable boiteux"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37703
    €14.50  *
  7. Mouvement perpétuel

    Mouvement perpétuel

    from "L'Arlequin blanc"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37704
    €13.00  *
  8. Variations sur un thème de Rossini

    Variations sur un thème de Rossini

    sur une seule corde
    Composer : Paganini, Niccolò
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37778
    €10.00  *
  9. Sérénade

    Sérénade

    From the "Serenade for small orchestra"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 37855
    €13.00  *
  10. Berceuse

    Berceuse

    from the opera "L'Apostrophe"
    Composer : Françaix, Jean
    Editor : Gendron, Maurice
    Instrumentation : cello and piano
    Order No. : BSS 38406
    €10.50  *

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