MANUSCRIT MUSICAL autograph by Roger DÉSORMIÈRE, Cavalcade d'amour, ; 87 pages in-fol. Collaborative
Cavalcade d'amour is a film by Raymond BERNARD, based on a script by Jean Anouilh and Jean Aurenche, shot in July 1939 and released on January 17, 1940, with Claude Dauphin, Michel Simon, Saturnin Fabre, and Simone Simon in the main roles. The film tells three stories of thwarted love affairs and marriages of convenience taking place at different times in
the same castle.
Darius Milhaud explains, in Ma vie heureuse: "Désormière, Honegger and I composed Cavalcade d'amour together, which represents the same subject dealt with in three different eras (Middle Ages, 1830, 1930); I chose the first one. I later drew from this score a suite for wind quintet: La Cheminée du Roi René". The collaboration between Arthur Honegger and the conductor Roger Désormière remains more difficult to specify. Would Désormière have orchestrated the themes given by Honegger, of which we only know with certainty for this film an O Salutaris published separately? Or would he have written the music for the parts not treated by Honegger and Milhaud? The study of this unknown manuscript, confronted with the film, should make it possible to establish this. In any case, it is Roger Désormière, a remarkable conductor, who conducted the music