We are receiving reports of the death of Jean-Michel Damase, one of the most agreeable French composers, at the age of 85.
Born in Bordeaux on 27 January 1928, Jean-Michel Damase considered himself a loyalist to the traditions of Fauré, Debussy and Ravel, writing tonal music in defiance of the fashions of his time. He won the Prix de Rome in 1947 and, as a pianist, made the first complete recording of Fauré’s nocturnes and barcarolles.
He wrote seven operas and was always being played. Here’s why: