Vincent d'Indy

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Vincent d'Indy, ~ 1895

Paul Marie Theodore Vincent d'Indy (27 March 1851–2 December 1931) was a French composer and music teacher.[1] Born in Paris, he was encouraged to learn music by his uncle who had studied with César Franck. D'Indy later also studied with Franck at the Paris Conservatoire.[1] He liked the music of Lizst, Beethoven and Wagner. He went to the first performance of Wagner's Ring at Bayreuth in 1876.[1] He organized performances of works by Rameau and Monteverdi whose work had been mostly forgotten.[1] He was a very conservative in his views on music, and after his proposed changes to the Conservatoire were ignored, he set up his own music school, the Schola Cantorum in 1894.[1][2]

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He wrote a large number of musical compositions including operas, overtures, symphonies, choral works, piano works, string sextets, string quartets, folk song arrangements, and a cello sonata. One of his well known works is the "Symphonie sur un Chant Montagnard Français" (1886) ("Symphony on a French Mountain Song").[2]

He also wrote books including a biography of César Franck, and a book on how to write music.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "d'Indy, (Paul Marie Théodore) Vincent". The New Penguin Dictionary of Music. 2006. http://www.credoreference.com/entry/penguinmusic/d_indy_paul_marie_th%C3%A9odore_vincent. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Indy, Vincent d'". Chambers Biographical Dictionary. 2007. http://www.credoreference.com/entry/chambbd/indy_vincent_d. Retrieved 26 July 2011.