Charles Koechlin and the orchestra of the class of 1887

Aron Gerschel1889

École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique
Palaiseau, France

Composer of music, pupil of Gabriel Fauré. For half a century, he was the most learned and most listened to theorist of musical science. His symphony of Hymnes integrates pieces composed in periods far removed from each other without creating any disparity. Other creations include "The Abbey", or "The Book of the Jungle". He also published treatises such as: "Le contrepoint", "Le traité d'harmonie" or "Le traité d'orchestration". His work, with its very marked personal character, appears to be one of the most important and significant of the first half of the 20th century. Kœchlin was a militant and a humanist. Dreyfusard against the Schola cantorum led by Vincent d'Indy, signatory of the appeal of L'Aurore following the J'accuse by Zola, sympathizer (but not member) of the Communist Party, journalist for L'Humanité during the Front populaire, ecologist before the letter, defender of nature, Kœchlin dreamed of a music for the people and, more generally, of a popular art that was neither degrading nor defined by the apparatus. He militated alongside Romain Roland for pacifism and joined forces with Georges Duhamel to speak out against the vices of the consumer society.


  • Title: Charles Koechlin and the orchestra of the class of 1887
  • Creator: Aron Gerschel
  • Date Created: 1889
  • Physical Dimensions: 25.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Subject Keywords: student, musique, Musician
  • Type: Photography
  • Rights: École polytechnique
  • Medium: Photography

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