Marcel Stern (composer)

Marcel Stern (4 October 1909 – 2 August 1989) was a French composer and violinist.


Born in Paris, Stern studied at the Conservatoire de Paris and won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome in 1936 with the cantata Gisèle. After his stay at the Villa Medici in Rome, the Société Nationale performed his Divertissement for Orchestra in Paris in 1939.

The Second World War interrupted his musical career, but during this time he composed the Symphony "La Libération", which was premiered on the radio in 1945 and by the Concerts Colonne in 1948 at the Théâtre du Châtelet under the direction of Paul Paray. Among his other works are the Deux pièces pour flûte seule: Bucolique, Iberica (1964) and the Concerto pour piano et orchestre (1968). He also composed several transcriptions of works by other composers for violin and orchestra, including George Enescu's First Romanian Rhapsody.


Classical works (selection)

  • 1935: Cantata Le Château endormi (deuxième Second Grand Prix de Rome)
  • 1936: Cantata Gisèle (Premier Grand Prix de Rome)
  • 1939: Divertissement for small orchestra
  • 1945: Symphony La Libération in E
  • 1964: Bucolique and Iberica, two pieces for flute solo
  • 1968: Concerto for piano and orchestra[1] (YouTube)


Marcel Stern also distinguished himself in the field of film music. Thus, from 1946 to 1963, he was responsible for the scores of fourteen French films (two, however, being French-Italian co-productions).


  1. Marcel Stern (1909-1989) : Piano Concerto
  2. Similarly, à propos Ralph Habib, the IMDb above also mentions Law of the Streets (1956), mistakenly attributing the music to Joseph Kosma and Marcel Stern, while it is due to Émile Stern (which is confirmed by the notice of this film on Ciné-Ressources).
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