Marcel Dupré

Biography

Born: May 3, 1886; Rouen, France   Died: May 30, 1971; Meudon, France  
Marcel Dupré was the foremost French organ virtuoso of his time, an heir to the great tradition of Romantic French organ playing and composing. Dupré was famed for his ability to improvise; he also composed substantial works and was a widely traveled recitalist and an influential teacher.

His pedigree as a French organist was impeccable. His father and two grandfathers were organists and choirmasters, and he was
Read more tutored privately by Guilmant in 1898. Dupré studied at the Paris Conservatory (1902-1914) with Vierne, Diémer, and Widor. He had already given his first organ recital at age 10, had been appointed organist at St. Vivien at 12, and had had his oratorio Le Songe de Jacob performed (in his home) at 15. As a youth he also took long walks with the organ builder Cavaillé-Coll; the two discussed organ construction. In 1914, after already having won conservatory prizes for organ and fugue, he received the Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata Psyché.

In 1920 Dupré gave a series of ten recitals in which he played from memory the complete organ works of J.S. Bach; he had learned the music during World War I, for which he had been found unfit for duty. He toured extensively as a virtuoso, giving as many as 110 recitals in a single trip and making ten tours of the U.S. alone between 1921 and 1948. Dupré celebrated his 1,900th concert in 1953. He frequently improvised fugues and organ symphonies from themes suggested by musicians in the audience; his Symphonie-Passion and Le Chemin de la croix (The Way of the Cross) were first improvised in performance (in Philadelphia and Brussels, respectively) and later notated. His written compositions include a series of 76 chorales, a concerto for organ and orchestra, and two symphonies for solo organ. Dupré also wrote several texts on organ technique and improvisation. All his music has a tonal basis overlaid with high chromaticism. His habit of using chords in rapid bunches was soon picked up by his pupils Alain and Messiaen.

Dupré's academic appointments included a professorship at the Paris Conservatory from 1926 (an institution he directed from 1954 to 1956) and oversight of the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau (1947-1954). From 1934 until his death at age 85, he also served as organist (succeeding Widor) at St. Sulpice. Read less
Organ Encyclopedia - Dupré: Works For Organ Vol 3 / Mckinley
Release Date: 10/06/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553922   Number of Discs: 1
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The Organ Encyclopedia - Dupré: Works For Organ Vol 4
Release Date: 12/01/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553919   Number of Discs: 1
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Dupré: Works For Organ Vol 5 / Robert Delcamp
Release Date: 03/09/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554026   Number of Discs: 1
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Organ Encyclopedia - Dupré: Works For Organ Vol 7 / Preston
Release Date: 06/01/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554211   Number of Discs: 1
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The Organ Encyclopedia - Dupré: Works For Organ Vol 9
Release Date: 02/22/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554378   Number of Discs: 1
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    Power Of Life: Metzler Organ Of Poblet Monastery
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    The Steinmayer Organ in Nidaros Cathedral
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1075 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
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    Engel, Hirten, Konige... / Carsten Wiebusch
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    Organ Polychrome - The French School / Jan Kraybill
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    If You Could Read My Mind / Cameron Carpenter
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    Transprovisations
    Label: Bnl Productions   Catalog: 112974 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Divine Splendor
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7265 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Percy Whitlock: Organ Sonata In C Minor
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 379 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Whitlock,  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Marcel Dupré,  César Franck
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    The Merton Organ / Nicholas
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34142 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  César Franck,  John Stanley,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
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    French Organ Music / Petur Sakari
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1969 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Tournemire,  Louis Vierne,  Olivier Messiaen,  Marcel Dupré  ... 
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    Priory Lp Archive Series, Vol. 7
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 919 Release Date: 01/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Fantasiaorgue: Un Concert A La Cathedrale
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 109250 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Die Sauer-orgel Der Thomaskirche Zu Leipzig, 1889 - 1908
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    Winfried Bonig An Den Orgeln Im Hohen Dom Zu Koln
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    Phoenix Rising / Margaret Lacy
    Label: Acis Productions   Catalog: 89385 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7254 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    A Cathedral's Voice / Jonathan Ryan
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 941 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    French Flavours / Paul Carr
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 384 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Prisme: Olivier Messiaen Et Les Annees 30
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    Anniversary Series - Organ Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Demilitarised Zones - Marches / HR Brass
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5121 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Elgar, Schumann, Liszt, Roger-Ducasse, Vierne, Whitlock, Dupre / Christian Lane
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2674 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Jean Roger-Ducasse  ... 
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    Grand Choeur: French Organ Music From Paisley Abbey
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 371 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    Jack Mitchener Plays Christmas Organ Music
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 936 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marcel Dupré,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
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    Florence Mustric 4
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1273 Release Date: 04/10/2012  
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré,  César Franck
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