Déodat de Séverac

by Simon Collings

Until last Sunday I had not heard of the French composer Déodat de Séverac. A member of the madrigal group I sing with brought a copy of his Tantum Ergo along for us to sing – it’s beautiful. You don’t know it you can hear Schola Cantorum Oxford performing it on You Tube. Over the last few days I’ve listened to some of his piano music – also available on You Tube – evocative, impressionistic works well worth a listen. De Séverac was born in 1872 in southern France and his music is strongly influenced by the traditions and landscape of Roussillon and Languedoc . He studied with d’Indy in Paris and was assistant to Albéniz for a while. He did in 1921.