Luis Cahuzac

(b Quarante, 12 July 1880; d Luchon, 9 Aug 1960). French clarinettist. He studied with Cyrille Rose at the Paris Conservatoire, winning a premier prix in 1899.

Luis Cahuzac
Luis Cahuzac

His playing was sensitive and vigorous, with a fuller tone than is usually associated with the French school. He helped to make Brahms’s clarinet works known in France, and in 1921 was sent by the Ministry of Fine Arts on tour with Vincent d’Indy to the Rhineland, where they played Brahms’s and d’Indy’s trios. He also played Mozart at Salzburg (1934) and Rome (1935) under the ministry’s patronage. Cahuzac performed Debussy’s Rhapsodie with the composer, and worked with Stravinsky over Trois pieces. He gave the first performance of Honegger’s Sonatine, and Milhaud’s Sonatine is dedicated to him. At the age of 78 he recorded Hindemith’s Concerto with the composer conducting. He was first clarinettist for the Concerts Colonne and Concerts Symphoniques Fouche. He conducted radio orchestras in southern France, as well as the Luchon Casino concerts, and composed for the clarinet.

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