Vincent d'Indy

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Born: 27 March 1851

Died: 2 December 1931


Paul Marie Théodore Vincent d'Indy (March 27, 1851 – December 2, 1931) was a French composer and teacher.

D'Indy was born in Paris into an aristocratic family of royalist and Catholic persuasion. He had piano lessons from an early age but, to please his family, studied law. However, he decided to be a musician. He became a devoted student of César Franck at the Conservatoire de Paris. As a follower of Franck, d'Indy came to admire what he considered the standards of German symphonism.

Inspired by his own studies with Franck and dissatisfied with the standard of teaching at the Conservatoire de Paris, d'Indy, together with Charles Bordes and Alexandre Guilmant, founded the Schola Cantorum in 1894. D'Indy taught there and later at the Paris Conservatoire until his death. Although d'Indy was often accused of harboring vehement anti-Semitism (like his musical inspiration Wagner), which together with his lifelong monarchist bent led him to join the League de La Patrie française during the Dreyfus Affair in the late 1890s, he nevertheless won respect from fellow musicians opposed to his outlook, such as Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, Pierre Monteux, and Charles Münch. Among his many pupils were Leo Arnaud, Erik Satie, Albert Roussel, Alberic Magnard, Isaac Albéniz, Arthur Honegger, Otto Albert Tichy, Darius Milhaud (whose family was Jewish) and Joseph Canteloube (who later wrote d'Indy's biography).

Few of d'Indy's works are performed regularly today. His best known pieces are probably the Symphonie Cévenole or Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français (Symphony on a French Mountain Air) for piano and orchestra (1886), and Istar (1896), a symphonic poem in the form of a set of variations. ( The Above biography is from WikiPedia - for full bio use link below. )

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