Rabaud, Henri. (1873–1949)
Large signed photograph of the important French composer who held major posts in the French musical establishment and was known for his mantra, "modernism is the enemy," inscribed to French composer Jacques Chailley. Rabaud is shown working at his desk and has penned on the mount (translated from the French): "to my dear friend and collaborator Jacques Chailley, a very affectionate souvenir / Henri Rabaud / 1939." Photographed by Studio Phebus, Paris, with the studio's raised label and signature. Mount rather heavily toned, but photograph very crisp with only one small scratch; overall in fine condition. 13 x 9.5 inches (33 x 24.3 cm).
The son of pianist Céliny Chailley-Richez and violinist Marcel Chailley, Jacques Chailley (1910–1999) studied with Nadia Boulanger and Willem Mengelberg, among others, and served as the director of the Sorbonne's Institute for Musicology and of the Schola Cantorum of Paris. A prolific composer, his output included chamber and orchestral music as well as an opera and a ballet. His musicological works included studies of medieval music and the Passions of J. S. Bach. Chailley was also among the members of the Front National des Musiciens, a resistance organization for music professionals formed around the Communist Party and established in May 1941.