Charles Koechlin (1867-1950)
Charles Koechlin was born in France and studied at the Paris Conservatoire,
where his teachers included Taudou, Massenet, Gédalge, and Fauré. His musical
style may be defined as eclectic, as he experimented with a wide variety of
structures, styles, and genres. At various times Koechlin used elements of
polytonality, serialism, and modality in his works. Koechlin`s output includes
an opera, several ballets, some incidental and film music, choral works,
orchestral works, band music, concertos, chamber music, sonatas and studies
for solo instruments and piano, solo piano music, solo songs, duets and trios.
Interestingly, the Epitaphe de Jean Harlow was not the only work Koechlin
composed which was inspired by the film industry. He also wrote musical homages
to Ginger Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks, Greta Garbo, and Charlie Chaplin, among others.