D’Indy, Vincent


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 Conservatoire de Paris. With Charles Bordes and Alexandre Guilmant, founded Schola Cantorum 1894, teaching there and later at the Paris Conservatory until his death.

D’Indy was a vehement anti-Semite (like his musical inspiration Wagner), which, with his monarchist bent, led him to join Ligue de La Patrie Française during 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), symphonic poem in the form of a set of variations. He wrote other orchestral works  (incl. his “Lied for Cello and Orchestra”), chamber and piano music, songs and several operas, including “Fervaal” (1897) and “L’Etranger” (1902).

Musical writings include co-written three-volume “Cours de composition musicale” (1903-05), and studies of Franck and Beethoven. He returned from 1905 conducting tour of the US 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”).”
Type: AMQS

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