Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) studied at the Paris Conservatoire before embarking upon a successful composing career. The composer wrote for a variety of instrumentations and his works remain popular to this day, Deux Stèles Orientées for Voice and Flute being no exception.
Composed in 1926, Deux Stèles Orientées for Voice and Flute is based on the poem of the same name by Victor Segalen. Ibert was a unique composer who did not associate himself with any particular style. His music is generally lighthearted, often reflecting the composer's wit and humour. The two movements are 'My lover has the virtues of Water' and 'I am told'. Containing a variety of musical aspects and techniques, Ibert's Deux Stèles Orientées is an exciting addition to the advanced, unusual ensemble of Flute and Voice.