Rosenthal, Manuel (Emmanuel)
- Marcel Marnat
(b Paris, June 18, 1904; d Paris, June 5, 2003). French composer and conductor. He studied solfège with Mme Marcou and the violin with Jules Boucherit at the Paris Conservatoire (1918–23) while gaining practical musical experience in cinemas and music halls. In 1924, his Sonatine for two violins and piano was played at the 100th concert of the Société Musicale Indépendante, sponsored by Ravel and Nadia Boulanger. Jean Huré, struck by his ‘dazzling melodic gifts’, undertook to give him a grounding in fugue and counterpoint, which was completed by Ravel (1926) and culminated in a Blumenthal bursary (1931). Until Ravel's death in 1937, Rosenthal was among his master's closest disciples, a privileged interpreter and confidant.
His output as a composer is extensive and highly contrasted. Rejecting the compartmentalized aesthetics of French music in the interwar period, Rosenthal put his individual language to work in almost every musical genre, including opera, operetta, ballet, chamber music and the ...