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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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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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The Organ Encyclopedia - Dupré: Works For Organ Vol 11
Release Date: 08/15/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554379   Number of Discs: 1
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    Engel, Hirten, Konige... / Carsten Wiebusch
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 40004 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Organ Polychrome - The French School / Jan Kraybill
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 133 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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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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    Fantasiaorgue: Un Concert A La Cathedrale
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 109250 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré,  Louis Vierne,  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Maurice Duruflé  ... 
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    Phoenix Rising / Margaret Lacy
    Label: Acis Productions   Catalog: 89385 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré,  Robert Elmore,  Roy Perry,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
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    A Cathedral's Voice / Jonathan Ryan
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 941 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  William Byrd,  George Oldroyd,  Petr Eben  ... 
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    French Flavours / Paul Carr
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 384 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Naji Hakim,  Gerald Hendrie,  Marcel Dupré,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Carr
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    Anniversary Series - Organ Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Samuel Sebastian Wesley  ... 
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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  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Lane
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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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  • 11.
    Florence Mustric 4
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1273 Release Date: 04/10/2012  
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré,  César Franck
    Performer:  Florence Mustric
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    The Dobson Organ At Sykes Chapel, The University Of Tampa / Haig Mardirosian
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3153 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Robert Shafer,  Julius Reubke  ... 
    Performer:  Haig Mardirosian
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    Great Cathedral Organs [13-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0852952 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Henry Purcell,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
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    Organ & Piano Duets / Duo Musart Barcelona
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9213 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Langlais,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Witold Lutoslawski  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Sierra Martinez,  Raúl Prieto Ramírez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Musart-Barcelona
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    Cantilena / Marianiello-Reas Duo
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1358 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Weaver,  Rosalie Bonighton,  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Hans Hiller  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marianiello-Reas Duo
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    Trilogies - Marce Dupre, Jehan Alain /  	Gunther Rost
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 679 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré,  Jehan-Ariste Alain
    Performer:  Gunther Rost
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    Langlais: Messe Solennelle / Allwood, Eton College Chapel Choir
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 206 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Roger-Ducasse,  Francis Poulenc,  Pierre Villette,  Marcel Dupré  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eton College Chapel Choir
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    A Grand Celebration / Milanov, Conte, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49270 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Jongen,  Marcel Dupré,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Peter Richard Conte
    Conductor:  Rossen Milanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Christmas In The Grand Tradition / Conte, Philadelphia Brass
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49264 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaston-Marie Déthier,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Traditional,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Richard Conte
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
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    The Longhorns Of Abilene - Raison, Dupre, Reger, Etc / Simon Nieminski
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7221 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Raison,  Frederick Wood,  Marcel Dupré,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Nieminski
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    Dupré, Swayne, Jongen, Bridge / Tobias Frank
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9011 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giles Swayne,  Joseph Jongen,  Marcel Dupré,  Frank Bridge
    Performer:  Tobias Frank
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    English Cathedral Series Vol 15 - Alain, Guillaume, Dupré, Ravel, Cochereau, Etc / John Scott Whiteley
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 275 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Marcel Dupré,  Emile Bernard,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  John Scott Whiteley
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  • 23.
    Dupre: Organ Works Vol 10 / Ben Van Oosten
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3161292 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré
    Performer:  Ben van Oosten
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  • 24.
    Composers In Person
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17575 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ernö von Dohnányi,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Béla Bartók,  Vilma Medgyaszay,  Ferenc Szekeres,  Zoltán Székely  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Collingwood,  Paul Hindemith,  Aram Khachaturian,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Percurama Percussion Ensemble
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    Pipes Of Splendor / Francis Jackson, Michael Austin
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6602 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  James Nares,  Francis Jackson,  Norman Cocker  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Jackson,  Michael Austin
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