Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Vincent d'Indy

Vincent d'Indy was born in Paris in 1851 and became a pupil and leading disciple of César Franck, whose music he did much to propagate. He distinguished himself as a teacher and writer on musical subjects and was an important figure in the musical life of Paris in his time, although by the time of his death a new era in music was well under way.

Although developing early as a pianist, Parisian Vincent d’Indy (1851-1931) set aside his military inclinations to study composition and related disciplines at the Paris Conservatoire. He cofounded the Schola Cantorum, eventually rivaling the Paris Conservatoire, and was renowned as a teacher of composers. His output crossed all major genres except ballet and film, and his orchestral compositions include the sumptuous Symphony #2 in B-flat Major bordering on the super-Romantic.


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