Variations sur le nom de Marguerite Long

Variations sur le nom de Marguerite Long (Variations on the name Marguerite Long) is a collaborative orchestral suite written by eight French composers in 1956, in honour of the pianist Marguerite Long.

Variations sur le nom de Marguerite Long
Orchestral suite by eight French composers
Composed1920 (1920)
DedicationMarguerite Long
Performed4 June 1956 (1956-06-04): Paris

It was first performed on 4 June 1956 by the Orchestre National de France under Charles Munch in a National Jubilee Concert organized by the French government in Long's honour, staged at the Grand Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne.[1]

Three of the composers were members of Les Six: Georges Auric, Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc. The other five were Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur, Henri Dutilleux, Jean Françaix, Jean Rivier and Henri Sauguet.

In truth, only one of the movements was in the form of variations. Sauguet's Variations en forme de Berceuse pour Marguerite Long was based on the letters EAGG, which come from her name, although not in the order in which they occur there.

Poulenc's Bucolique has become well known and has been recorded several times. The remainder of the suite is little known.


The suite is structured as follows:[2]

  • Jean Françaix: Hymne solennel
  • Henri Sauguet: Variations en forme de Berceuse pour Marguerite Long
  • Darius Milhaud: La Couronne de Marguerites ("The Crown of Daisies"), Valse en forme de rondo, Op. 353
  • Jean Rivier: Nocturne
  • Henri Dutilleux: Sérénades
  • Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur: Intermezzo
  • Francis Poulenc: Bucolique, FP 160[3]
  • Georges Auric: ML (Allegro: Finale)



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