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While Sibelius and Copland wrote virtually nothing over their last 30 years of life, presumably because their inspiration had been tapped out after producing sizable outputs, Duparc simply stopped composing in , at age 36, in the midst of a burgeoning career.
His oeuvre was made up of 13 songs, some incomplete works like his opera Roussalka, and other compositions, which he later would not acknowledge or only grudgingly acknowledge, such as his symphonic poem, Lenore.
His greatest contribution was in his songs, which demonstrated a sophistication in uniting the text with the music, in using fairly elaborate contrapuntal elements in the accompaniment, and in eschewing overly sentimental moods often heard in the songs of other French composers of the time.
While Duparc was obviously not a major composer, he was a minor figure who clearly demonstrated talents that might have elevated him to the front rank.
As a child and teen Henri Duparc showed an interest in many fields and possessed an extraordinary intellectual capacity. Yet, he also divulged a sensitive, sometimes hesitant nature. Later he studied composition with him and soon began writing music. He typically destroyed his early works, not satisfied with aspects of his style, or with the entirety of the piece itself.
Shortly afterward he expressed doubts about three of them Serenade, Romance de Mignon, and Le galop , though he ultimately allowed their survival.
Wagner became a hero to Duparc, and at times a noticeable influence in his music. The composer would make numerous trips to Bayreuth over the next several decades, often with friends like Chabrier. By the early s Duparc was turning toward the orchestra. Only the first of the three parts, however, has survived. Four years later, still in the thrall of Wagner , though not stylistically now, he began work on his opera Roussalka.
In , Duparc abruptly abandoned composition, at least in part owing to a neurasthenia, which may have had psychological manifestations. The composer had an acute sense of pain and other physical discomforts, but managed a reasonably normal life with his wife and family. In the early s Duparc became blind. Always a religious man and growing more so in his later years, he traveled to the shrine known for miracles in Lourdes, France, in He seemed to accept his blindness, and toward the end of his life he suffered from paralysis.
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