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Marcel Grandjany

Biography

Born: September 3, 1891; Paris, France   Died: February 24, 1975; New York, NY  
Renowned harpist, composer, and teacher Grandjany began his harp studies at the age of 8 with Henriette Renié. At 11 he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire, studying with Hasselmans, and he won the Premier Prix at age 13. When he was 17 he offered his first public recital at the Salle Erard, and debuted with the Concerts Lamoreux Orchestra. These concerts were very successful and launched the young man on an international solo career, Read more including a recital with Maurice Ravel in Paris in 1913, his London debut in 1922, and his New York debut less than two years later. Grandjany was also a professional organist, playing during the years of World War I at the Sacre-Coeur Basilica.

Grandjany headed the harp department of the Fontainebleau Summer School from 1921 to 1926, after which he moved to America, concertizing and teaching, eventually accepting an appointment as chairman of the harp department at the Juilliard School of Music in 1938, and was made a U.S. citizen in 1945. He remained on the faculty until his death in 1975. In addition to a few private students, Grandjany was also on the staff of the Montreal Conservatory from 1943 to 1963, and the Manhattan School of Music, where he taught from 1956 until 1967. His final recital was in 1967.

As a teacher his influence is hard to overstate. His method is taught all over the world, a distinction he shares with the method of his colleague Salzedo, resulting in something of an "us versus them" rivalry in the arena of harp pedagogy.

Grandjany was known as a sensuous harpist, his technique enhanced by his large, spatula-shaped fingertips. His many pieces for harp solo and for harp in ensemble are acclaimed for their obvious archetypal idiomatic beauty for the instrument. Highlights from his catalog include the Poème for harp, horn, and orchestra; the Aria in Classic Style for harp and strings; and the solo pieces Children's Hour Suite, Colorado Trail, Divertissement, Rhapsody, Fantasia on a Theme of Haydn, and The Erie Canal. Read less
The Romantic Harp - Grandjany, Pierne, Et Al / Judy Loman
Release Date: 10/18/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554561   Number of Discs: 1
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    Impressions de France / Caroline Leonardelli
    Label: Cen Classics   Catalog: 5638283863 Release Date: 05/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Félix Godefroid,  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Marcel Grandjany,  Albert Roussel  ... 
    Performer:  Caroline Léonardelli
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    Rhapsodie: Prism Of 20th Century Music
    Label: Origin Classical   Catalog: 33016 Release Date: 01/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Grandjany,  André Caplet,  Marcel Tournier,  Toshiro Mayuzumi  ... 
    Performer:  Yumiko Endo Schlaffer
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    Christmas Songs Around the World / Cao
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5319 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  John Frederic Coots,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arsys Bourgogne
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    Label: Marisa Luisa Rayan-forero   Catalog: 5637958844 Release Date: 06/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Grandjany,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Astor Piazzolla,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Marisa Luisa Rayan-Forero
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    Solo Harp: The Best Of Yolanda Kondonassis
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71273 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Carlos Salzedo,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis
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    Legendes
    Label: Centaur Classics   Catalog: 98213153 Release Date: 12/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Grandjany,  Reinhold Gliere,  Rudolf Ewald Zingel,  Alfred Holy  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew Larkin,  Caroline Léonardelli
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    American Works For Flute & Harp
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1185 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Grandjany,  Stephen Andrew Taylor,  Charles Rochester Young,  Jennifer Higdon  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Keeble,  Ann Yeung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Electronics
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    Awake O Harp / Rachel Dent
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24138 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mathias,  Oreste Ravanello,  George Frideric Handel,  Roger Nichols  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Frost,  Rachel Dent,  Ronald Frost
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    Baroque Harp / Naoko Yoshino
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462599 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Giovanni B. Pescetti,  Marcel Grandjany  ... 
    Performer:  Naoko Yoshino
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    Harp - Paradisi, Prokofiev, Spohr, Tournier, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1290 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Carl Nielsen,  Adelheid Eichner,  Adrien Boidelieu  ... 
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    The Holly And The Ivy / Emily Mitchell
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60235 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlos Salzedo,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Marcel Grandjany  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Mitchell
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    Toccata - Baroque And Neo-baroque Music For Harp / Sellmann
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77282 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Marcel Grandjany,  Nino Rota
    Performer:  Volker Sellmann
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    Enchanted Hour - Bach, Etc / Melinda Zak
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2836 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Michael P. Mchedolov,  Henriette Renié,  Bernard Andrès  ... 
    Performer:  Melinda Zak
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    Bach, Handel, Hindemith: Music For Harp / Witsenburg
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5043 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Marius Flothuis,  Paul Hindemith,  Marcel Grandjany  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Witsenburg
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    Les Corps Glorieux / Parella, Drake, Et Al
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1143 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Olivier Messiaen,  George Frideric Handel,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Nancianne Parella,  Victoria Drake,  Arthur Fiacco
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    The Romantic Harp - Grandjany, Pierne, Et Al / Judy Loman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554561 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Grandjany,  Marcel Tournier,  Nino Rota,  Gabriel Pierné  ... 
    Performer:  Judy Loman
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  • 17.
    Holidays
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637395251 Release Date: 06/03/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Giddeon Meir,  Duncan Johnstone,  Jim Shallenberger,  Dan Levitan  ... 
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  • 18.
    The Children's Hour / Anne-marguerite Michaud
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 355 Release Date: 02/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Grandjany,  James L. Molloy,  Carlos Salzedo,  Franz Poenitz  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Marguerite Michaud
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    The Romantic Harp / Yolanda Kondonassis
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80581 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Carlos Salzedo,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis
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    Music For Harp And Flute / Oskolkova, Sergeev, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3303 Release Date: 07/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Maurice Ravel,  Marcel Grandjany,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tatiana Oskolkova,  Svetlana Stepchenko,  Alexander Zagorinsky,  Irina Ivanova  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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    Whirlwind / Elisabeth Remy
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20070 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni B. Pescetti,  Carlos Salzedo,  Benjamin Britten,  Alan Hovhaness  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Remy
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  • 22.
    Harp Showpieces - Grandjnay, Hasselmans, Etc  / Judy Loman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554347 Release Date: 02/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Thomas,  Elias Parish Alvars,  Lynn Palmer,  Sophia Corri Dussek  ... 
    Performer:  Judy Loman
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  • 23.
    Music For Harp And Organ / Armstrong-ouellette, Bittermann
    Label: Afka   Catalog: 542 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henri Mulet,  Marcel Grandjany,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Sandra Bittermann,  Susan Armstrong-Ouellette
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  • 24.
    A Touch Of Elegance - Grandjany / Anne-marguerite Michaud
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 216 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elias Parish Alvars,  Franz Schubert,  Manuel de Falla,  Marcel Grandjany  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Marguerite Michaud
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  • 25.
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 31577 Release Date: 07/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Marcel Grandjany,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Aristid von Würtzler  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Kowalczuk
    Conductor:  Aristid von Würtzler
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