AMQS from an unidentified work by the controversial French composer-music teacher
Autograph ID: 2621
Condition: Very good, light overall toning, mount remnants verso
Description: “(1851-1931) French composer and teacher, student of César Franck at the Conservatoire de Paris. With Charles Bordes and Alexandre Guilmant, founded the Schola Cantorum 1894, teaching there and later at the Paris Conservatoire until his death.
D’Indy was a vehement anti-Semite (like his musical inspiration Wagner), which, with his monarchist bent, led him to join the League de La Patrie Française during the Dreyfus Affair. Among his many pupils were Erik Satie, Isaac Albéniz, Arthur Honegger, and Darius Milhaud. His best known pieces are 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. He wrote other orchestral (inc. his “Lied for Cello and Orchestra”), chamber and piano music, songs and several operas, including “Fervaal” (1897) and “L’Etranger” (1902).
Musical writings include the co-written three-volume “Cours de composition musicale” (1903-05), and studies of Franck and Beethoven. He returned from a conducting tour of the USA in 1905 to find his wife Isabelle dying from a brain hemorrhage. His “Souvenirs” was dedicated to her memory.
AMQS on 3 ½ x 4 ½ black-bordered mourning card, NP, ND (likely ca. 1905), 4 bars of music from unidentified work (possibly from “Souvenirs”).”