Vincent D'Indy

Biography

Born: March 27, 1851; France   Died: December 2, 1931; Paris, France  
Vincent d'Indy, the son of a French nobleman, was one of the leading figures in Parisian musical society during the closing years of the nineteenth century. His compositions, though not achieving lasting popularity, were characterized by their complexity and religious content. He composed in a variety of genres, including orchestral, chamber, piano, vocal, and opera. His legacy, however, rests also on his activities as an author and a teacher. He Read more wrote two biographies, a book on his experiences in the Franco-Prussian War, numerous essays, and criticisms. His influence as a teacher can be heard in the works of many of his students, particularly those composers of opera, such as Madetoja and Roussel. D'Indy was an uncompromising classicist until his death, a position that frequently brought conflict with contemporary composers of the period.

D'Indy's strong beliefs and tendency toward narrow-mindedness stem from his childhood under his paternal grandmother's care, his own mother having died in childbirth. He was frequently described "as stubborn to the point of fanaticism." His religious beliefs ran deep, as did his anti-Semitism.

He was considered a child prodigy, but did not begin formal music lessons until his early teenage years. He began piano lessons in 1864 from Diemer and, in 1865, began instruction in harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration from Levignac. In 1872, d'Indy began studying in private with his most influential teacher, César Franck. He later audited Franck's organ class at the Paris Conservatory and subsequently became a registered student there. Vincent d'Indy would go on to be one of Franck's most ardent followers, champion, and biographer. His musical education was further developed through playing percussion and keyboard and through conducting.

Franck was the composer with the greatest influence on d'Indy, but others, Wagner in particular, also influenced the young composer. D'Indy attended the premiere of Wagner's Bayreuth theater in the summer of 1876 and the second Bayreuth festival in 1882, for the premiere of Wagner's Parsifal. D'Indy also became acquainted with Liszt and Brahms. D'Indy was a great admirer of Beethoven; so much so that he wrote a biography of the composer that was published in 1911.

D'Indy began composing in the late 1860s and had his first work published in 1870. He began his first grand opera, Les burgraves in 1869, but never finished it. His orchestral trilogy, Wallenstein premiered in 1880 under his direction. He won the Prix de Paris in 1884 with the cantata Le chant de la cloche. Symphonie sur un theme montagnard français (1886) is his only work to survive obscurity. D'Indy composed six operas, of which Fervaal (1895), sometimes referred to as the French Parsifal, was the most successful. Most of the librettos for his operas were written by d'Indy himself.

Teaching occupied a great deal of d'Indy's time. In 1894, along with Bordes and Guilmant, he founded the Schola Cantorum. Its original function as a society promoting performance of sacred music evolved into a school for the study and preservation of church music and French folk music. He taught composition at the school beginning in 1897, which resulted in his writings on composition Traite de composition (Paris, 1903-1933). From 1912 to 1929, d'Indy taught orchestration and conducting at the Paris Conservatory.

D'Indy ultimately became the victim of his conservatism and his inability to accept contemporary trends in music that were so prevalent in France during the latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The modernists prevailed and his music was forced out of favor. D'Indy, however, remained true to his artistic ideals until his death. Read less
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  • 1.
    D'Indy: Piano Sonata in E, Op. 63 & Tableaux de Voyage / Armengaud
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 756 Release Date: 06/14/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Armengaud
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    D'Indy: Medee, Karadee Suite & Saugefleurie / Ang, Malmo Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573858 Release Date: 05/10/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
    Conductor:  Darrell Ang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
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    French Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95899 Release Date: 05/03/2019   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  François Boieldieu,  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Pierné  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Martin Galling,  Marylène Dosse,  Rosario Marciano  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis de Froment,  Robert Wagner,  Siegfried Landau,  Matthias Kuntzsch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio Orchestra,  Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra,  Recklinghausen Westphalian Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Robert Casadesus: Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075853652 Release Date: 03/01/2019   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus,  Zino Francescatti,  Gaby Casadesus,  Jean Casadesus  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  George Szell,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Artur Rodzinski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    The Trumpet Collection / Friedrich
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7285 Release Date: 11/02/2018   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Jeremiah Clarke,  William Corbett,  Richard Mudge  ... 
    Performer:  Reinhold Friedrich,  Jürgen Hübscher,  Alain De Rudder,  Michael Faust  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Serge Baudo,  Hans Zimmer,  Lutz Kohler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cologne Radio Orchestra  ... 
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    Concerto Favorites / Chenault
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49305 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marius Monnikendam,  Vincent D'Indy,  Joseph Jongen,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Chenault
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    Andre Cluytens: The Complete Orchestral & Concerto Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 562261 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Raoul Laparra,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie,  Marcelle Meyer,  Zino Francescatti,  Jeanne-Marie Darré  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire,  Le Grand Orchestre Symphonique Columbia,  Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera-Comique  ... 
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    D'Indy: Symphony No. 2, Souvenirs, Istar & Fervaal / Tingaud, RSNO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573522 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
    Conductor:  Jean-Luc Tingaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Georges Pretre: The Symphonic Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 557140 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Darius Milhaud,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Joseph Jongen  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
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    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Un Siecle de Musique Francaise: Escales Symphoniques
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192992 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Vincent D'Indy,  Jacques Ibert,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Performer:  Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer,  Natalie Dessay
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez,  Jacques Mercier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
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    d'Indy: Wallenstein, Lied… / Gamba, Iceland
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5157 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
    Performer:  Bryndis Halla Gylfadottir
    Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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    Rose: Buson's Ballet; D'indy: Trio Op. 29; Mendelssohn: Konzertstuck Op. 113 / Trio di Buson
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7378 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy,  Felix Mendelssohn,  John Alan Rose
    Performer:  John Alan Rose,  Chungsun Kim,  Maryanne Lacaille
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Di Buson
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    Faure: Trio, Op. 120; Saint-saens: Trio, Op. 18; D'indy: Trio, Op. 98
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9441 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré,  Vincent D'Indy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Horszowski Trio
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    20th Century Concerto Grosso / Marriner, ASMF
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10791 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff,  Ernst Krenek,  Vincent D'Indy
    Performer:  Christoph Koncz
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    d'Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air… / Gamba
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10760 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
    Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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    Beecham Conducts Berlioz, Grieg, D'indy, Saint-saens
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 3200 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Edvard Grieg,  Vincent D'Indy,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Denis Vaughan
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Music Of Tribute, Vol. 7: Haydn
    Label: Labor Records   Catalog: 7088 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Vincent D'Indy,  Claude Debussy,  Davorin Kempf  ... 
    Performer:  Javor Bracic
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    D'Indy: Symphonie Italienne, Poemes Rivages / Gamba, Iceland Symphony
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10660 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
    Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    D'Indy: Piano Works Vol 3 / Michael Schafer
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 10178 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
    Performer:  Michael Schäfer
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  • 21.
    Hommage A Joseph Haydn
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98831 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Vincent D'Indy,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Reynaldo Hahn  ... 
    Performer:  Manfred Wagner-Artzt
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  • 22.
    d'Indy: Orchestral Works Vol 3 / Gamba, Iceland SO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10585 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy
    Performer:  Sigurður Flosason
    Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    French Piano Music / Grant Johannesen
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3032 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Grant Johannesen
    Conductor:  Louis de Froment,  Bernhard Kontarsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra
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    Laureate Series - French Cello Sonatas - Nicolas Alstaedt, Jose Gallardo
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572105 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Vincent D'Indy,  Nadia Boulanger
    Performer:  Nicolas Alstaedt,  José Gallardo
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    Beecham Conducts Berners, Moeran And D'indy / Royal Po, Bbc So, Et Al
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners,  Ernest John Moeran,  Vincent D'Indy
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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