(1890-1962).  French composer.  Ibert studied at the Paris Conservatoire and won the Prix de Rome in 1919.  While in Rome he composed his best known work "Escales" (Ports of Call), a suite for orchestra depicting cities he visited during service in the navy. Ibert's rich palette of orchestral colors leans toward Impressionism, with neo-Classical traits, though he did not ally himself with any particular school or movement.  His music is sometimes compared with that of Poulenc and Milhaud for its charm and wit.

Among Ibert's most successful works are his Flute Concerto, Trois Piece Breve for Wind Quintet, the humorous "Divertissement" for chamber orchestra, and "Escales". 
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steven - 13 Aug 2010