The members of Les Six are associated with the music aesthetic that emerged in France after the First World War. Influenced by the new focus on simplicity as described by poet Jean Cocteau, and embodied in the music of Erik Satie, Les Six produced music that is light, unpretentious, and appropriates form and gesture from informal settings such as circus music, popular music, and jazz.

Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honneger, Darius Milhaud, Georges Auric, and Germaine Taillefaire wrote many pieces that have become important works in the clarinet repertoire. This recording by Eric Wachmann and Ted Reuter brings together, for the first time, the complete works of Les Six for clarinet and piano. As an added bonus, the compact disc features several pieces that have never before been recorded.




Milhaud: Duo Concertant
Tailleferre: Arabesque
Tailleferre: Menuet
Honegger: Sonatina
Milhaud: Caprice
Milhaud: Sonatine
Auric: Imagines III
Poulenc: Sonata



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Honegger: Sonatina, Modere

468 KB MP3 | 1.43 MB WAV

Milhaud: Sonatine, Tres rude

357 KB MP3 | 1.09 MB WAV

Auric: Imagines III

429 KB MP3 | 1.31 MB WAV

Poulenc: Sonata, Allegro con fuoco

425 KB MP3 | 1.30 MB WAV


Dr. Eric Wachmann is an Associate Professor of Music at Wartburg College where he teaches Clarinet and Music Theory. He holds a B.Mus from the University of Ottawa and a M.M. from the University of Michigan where he studied with Fred Ormand. He received his D.M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied with clarinetist Kelly Burke.

Dr. Wachmann has performed as a soloist both in recital, and with chamber and large ensembles, in North America, Europe and Eastern Europe. He has also performed extensively with professional orchestral, chamber, and jazz ensembles in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Currently he is principal clarinet with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and bass clarinet with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with the Cedar Rapids, North Carolina, Greensboro, Windsor, Toledo, Flint, and Ottawa Symphonies, and has also performed with jazz ensembles at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Ozone Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival. An active soloist, Dr. Wachmann has performed concerts throughout North America and Europe.

In May of 2001, Dr. Wachmann was soloist with the Wartburg Wind Ensemble on its European Tour, playing "Concerto for Clarinet" by Artie Shaw. Performances were held to enthusiastic crowds in the Czech Republic, Germany, England, Austria, and Luxembourg.
Dr. Ted Reuter is Professor of Piano at Wartburg College. He received his B.A. degree from Knox College, his M.M. degree from the University of Illinois, and his doctorate from the University of Iowa, where he studied with prominent pianist/teacher John Simms.

Dr. Reuter has extensive experience as a performer and has given solo and chamber music recitals at colleges, universities, institutes, and on artist series throughout the Midwest, Texas, and Idaho. In May of 1997, Dr. Reuter was soloist with the Wartburg Concert Band on its European Tour, playing "Rhapsody in Blue" in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg.

In addition to his performing and
teaching, Dr. Reuter is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician, and has done workshops and masterclasses at universities, high schools, and for private teacher organizations in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin, Idaho, Missouri and Kansas.

Dr. Reuter was on sabbatical leave during the second semester of 1998, preparing the piano concerto he commissioned from Bruce Polay and doing research on Bela Bartok's Mikrokosmos. The Concerto-Fantasie for piano and orchestra had its premier with the Wartburg Community Symphony on February 13, 1999 under the baton of Dr. Janice Wade. Two weeks later, Reuter performed the work with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony under the baton of the composer. The concert was broadcast live throughout Illinois.


Ted Reuter and Eric Wachmann have been performing together since 1995, when they gave their first concert at Wartburg College. Since then they have performed extensively in North America, Western Europe and Eastern Europe. As part of a tour of Eastern Europe Reuter and Wachmann were the first North American musicians invited to perform at the Sophia Concert Hall in Polatsk, Belarus. Eric Wachmann
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