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Auguste Franchomme (pronounced "franc-OME") was the most renowned Parisian cellist of his time, a dear friend and frequent performance partner of Chopin, and the dedicatee of Chopin's final work, the Cello Sonata. Their circle of friends included Liszt, Mendelssohn, George Sand, Jane Stirling, the Rothschilds, and many other luminaries of 19th century Paris. Franchomme composed charming, virtuosic cello compositions, most of which are out of print and have never been recorded.
The Franchomme Project album was released on the Delos label in the US and Canada on September 11th, and became available to the rest of the world through Naxos distributors in November. The Franchomme Project CD includes extensive liner notes written by Louise Dubin, based on her research in France and including previously unpublished information and photos. Also includes a translation of her notes by a direct descendant of Franchomme.
Franchomme Project CD orders placed through this website's shop include a bonus 24-bit cello duo track!
The Franchomme Project was supported in part by a successful Kickstarter Fundraiser: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/franchommeproject/the-franchomme-project-a-premiere-cello-recording
A volume of selected Franchomme compositions that have been out-of-print since the 1800s will be published in March 2017 by Dover Publications; it will include an introduction written by Ms. Dubin. This publication can preordered by clicking on the image to the right, but please be aware of an error in the Amazon listing: There will not be a separate cello part. Table of Contents
In addition to compiling and introducing the works in the Dover edition, Ms. Dubin has also transcribed some of Franchomme's unpublished cello quartet manuscripts, and her publication of these will be available in 2017. She has given (generally US premiere) performances of his compositions in New York City (earning praise in The New Yorker magazine and New York Concert Review), University of Connecticut, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Chicago, Indiana, South Carolina, Texas, as well as in Paris (France). For inquiries about a Franchomme performance on your concert series, or an interactive cello quartet and lecture presentation at your music school or cello conference, please get in touch through the CONTACT tab.
For those looking for even more information, Louise Dubin's doctoral thesis is the first comprehensive study on Auguste Franchomme, and includes discussion of his cello technique, compositional style, innovations and influences. "Auguste Franchomme: A study of the virtuoso, pedagogue, and composer, with a focus on his contributions to violoncello repertoire and technique." D. M. dissertation, Indiana University Bloomington, 12/2011. http://www.worldcat.org/title/auguste-franchomme-a-study-of-the-virtuoso-pedagogue-and-composer-with-a-focus-on-his-contributions-to-violoncello-repertoire-and-technique/oclc/805728428&referer=brief_results
Ms. Dubin’s research trip to France, funded by two Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research Awards from Indiana University in Bloomington, allowed her to visit the Music Department of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. This library houses the most complete collection of his works in the world, including copies of first editions of almost all of Franchomme’s published works (most of which are out of print and impossible to find elsewhere) and many unpublished manuscripts. She also met direct descendants of Franchomme, who gave her access to unpublished family anecdotes, letters, manuscripts, Franchomme’s practice cello, and his library of cello music where she discovered a forgotten composition by the Baronesse Charlotte Nathaniel Rothschild, which inspired a paper which she presented at Arizona State University in Tempe in 2012 and at NYU in 2013.
Link to the title page of a Rondo by Jules Forest (dedicated to Franchomme), with explanation