Dramatic Vocalise Database

André Caplet (1878–1925)

Septuor “à cordes vocales et instrumentales” (1909)

André Caplet (1878–1925), was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire in 1896 at the age of eighteen, and was successively awarded prizes in harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and accompaniment. In 1901, he won the Prix de Rome with his cantata Myrrha. The jury, presided over by Saint-Saëns, found his setting of the text to be superior to Ravel’s entry.

In 1907 or 1908, after his return from Rome, Caplet became friends with Debussy, an association of the utmost importance to the younger man, who assisted with the orchestration of Le Martyre de Saint-Sébastien in 1911. It was during this period that Caplet arranged the vocal parts (with vowels) for Debussy’sSirènes,” in addition to composing his own Septuor “à cordes vocales et instrumentals” for three wordless female voices and string quartet.

(Nauman 2009, 99)



Septour “à cordes vocales et instrumentales” (1909)