Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) is a French composer from the first half of the 20th century. He studied in Paris where he won the Prix Rome, but being friendly with Honeger (Arthur Honeger) and Mijo (Darius Mihaud) did not accept their relationship with regard to music but wrote, in not a very original style, a great number of well known compositions for wind instruments. Ibert took part in revival of the French instrumental music in the first half of the 20th century, cultivating a kind of melange-style, reaching out for numerous influences, having an excuisite technique, but not taking place in avant-gard innovations of his time. Many defined his style as eclectic, wishing in this way to point out lack of originality and leaning primarily on Ravel (Joseph-Maurice Ravel) and his stylistic gama. The influences of jazz were not alien to him but academicism was primarily shown together with Gaelic refinement, elegance and drawing-room spirit. He wrote a series of stage works, operas and operettas such as Perseus and Andromeda, King of Iveto, Goncag Eaglet (with Honeger), Little Cardinal (collaboration with Honeger), ballets Diana of Poatie and Knight Errant as well as a series of orchestra, concerto, chamber and piano compositions. 

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