Georges Auric

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Georges Auric

Georges Auric (born February 15, 1899 in Lodève , Département Hérault , † July 23, 1983 in Paris ) was a French composer .


Auric belonged to the Groupe des Six , a group of composers who, following Eric Satie , propagated a new, simple style in contrast to the musical impressionism of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel and the late romantic music of Richard Wagner . The group's spokesman was later the non-composer Jean Cocteau , with whom Auric often worked as a film music composer. In 1962 he became director of the Paris Opera and, as successor to Jacques Ibert, he became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts . In 1979 Auric was elected an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters .

Georges Auric wrote comic operas , ballets and especially film music with lively, often ecstatic rhythms. Its inspirational power was considered classic, its expressive power modern.

In the years leading up to World War II, Auric was also a busy, respected music critic and columnist , among others. a. at Paris-Soir , Nouvelles littéraires , Marianne (magazine) . Later he was for decades (1954–1978) president of the French music collecting society SACEM , which corresponds to the German GEMA . From 1962 to 1968 he was chairman of the “Réunion des théâtres lyriques nationaux”.

Auric was given an honorary grave at the cimetière du Montparnasse celebrity cemetery in Paris .

Works (selection)


  • Ballet "Chemin de Lumière" 1952
  • Pastorales pour piano
  • "Quatre chants de France malheureuse" (1949)

Film music



  • Jens Rosteck: Being there is everything. Georges Auric - Portrait of a Silhouette . in: Literature at 11, Issue XV Marburg 1998, pp. 69–87.
  • Louis Laloy: La musique retrouvée A review of epochs
  • Franziska Kollinger: From the stage to the film: Georges Auric's music of the 1930s , Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, [2019], ISBN 978-3-515-12241-2

Web links

Commons : Georges Auric  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Honorary Members: Georges Auric. American Academy of Arts and Letters, accessed March 4, 2019 .
  2. a b Jens Rosteck: Georges Auric - Portrait of a Silhouette , p. 81.
  3. Jens Rosteck: Georges Auric - Portrait of a Silhouette , p. 74.