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Marcel Dupré

May 3, 1886 - May 30, 1971
born in Rouen, France, composed during the Modern period
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 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. ~ James Reel, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dupre: Works for Organ Vol. 1

Title: Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50

1. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: I. In C: Poco Animato

2. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: II. In A: Calme

3. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: III. In G: Allegretto

4. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: IV. In E: Andante Serioso

5. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: V. In F: Andantion

6. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: VI. In D: Allegro Con Moto

7. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: VII. In D: Quasi Adagio

8. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: VIII. In B: Poco Allegro

9. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: IX. In B Flat: Andante Gracioso

10. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: X. In G: Quasi Scherzando

11. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XI. In A: Lento

12. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XII. In F #: Vivace

Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28

13. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.30 Christ My Lord, God's Only-begotten Son

14. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.31 Lord God, Now Open Wide Thy Heaven

15. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.32 Lord Jesus Christ, Turn Unto Us

16. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.33 My Soul Longeth To Depart In Peace

17. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.34 On This Day The Son Of God Triumpheth

18. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.35 Help Me, O God, That I May Overcome

Title: Fugues Modales (4) For Organ, Op. 63

19. Fugues Modales (4) For Organ, Op. 63: I. Mode Dorien

20. Fugues Modales (4) For Organ, Op. 63: II. Mode Phrygien

21. Fugues Modales (4) For Organ, Op. 63: III. Mode Locrien

22. Fugues Modales (4) For Organ, Op. 63: IV. Mode Ionien

Title: Chorale For Organ, Op. 59

23. Chorale For Organ, Op. 59: I. Rejoice Greatly, O My Soul

24. Chorale For Organ, Op. 59: II. Dearest Immanuel, Lord Of The Faithful

Title: Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50

25. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XIII. In E Flat: Allegro Glocoso

26. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XIV. In C: Allegro Moderato

27. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XV. In E: Cantabile

28. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XVI. In C #: Andante Con Moto

29. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XVII. In A Flat: Andante Sostenuto

30. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XVIII. In F: Marcato

31. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XIX. In B: Larghetto

32. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XX. In G #: Poco Vivace

33. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XXI. In D Flat: Tranquillo

34. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XXII. In B Flat: Adagio

35. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XXIII. In G Flat: Non Troppo Vivo

36. Inventions (24) For Organ, Op. 50: XXIV. In E Flat: Moderato Assai

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Track List: Dupré: Organ Works Vol.10

Title: Scherzo For Organ, Op. 16
Title: Le Tombeau De Titelouze, Chorals (16) For Organ, Op. 38
Title: L'Annonciation, For Organ, Op. 56
Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28
Title: Hymnes (3) For Organ, Op. 58/1, Matines
Title: Hymnes (3) For Organ, Op. 58/2, Vesper
Title: Hymnes (3) For Organ, Op. 58/3, Laudes
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Track List: Dupré: Works for Organ, Vol. 13

Title: Zephyrs, Improvisation on a theme by Leopold Stokowski
Title: Antiennes (6) pour le Temps de Noel, Op. 48
Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28
Title: Vision, symphonic poem for organ, Op. 44
Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28
Title: Symphony for organ No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 26
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Track List: Dupré: Works for Organ, Vol. 7

Title: Entrée, Méditation, Sortie, For Organ, Op. 62
Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28 "The Glorious Day Is Come"
Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28 "Holy Jesus Is Risen From The Dead"
Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28 "Salvation Has Been Brought Unto Us"
Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, "Praise To Thee, Jesus Christ", Op. 28/27
Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, "The Son Of God Is Come", Op. 28/28
Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, "Help Me Glorify The Grace Of God", Op. 28/29
Title: Psalm 18 For Organ (Poème Symphonique), Op. 47
Title: Élévations (3), For Organ, Op. 32
Title: Évocation (Poème Symphonique), For Organ, Op. 37
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Track List: Dupré: Works for Organ, Vol. 9

Title: Sonata For Cello & Organ In A Major, Op. 60

1. Sonata For Cello & Organ In A Major, Op. 60: I. Allegro Marcato

2. Sonata For Cello & Organ In A Major, Op. 60: II. Allegro Moderato

3. Sonata For Cello & Organ In A Major, Op. 60: III. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

Title: Trio For Violin, Cello & Organ In F Minor, Op. 55

4. Trio For Violin, Cello & Organ In F Minor, Op. 55: I. W/o Indication

5. Trio For Violin, Cello & Organ In F Minor, Op. 55: II. Lento

6. Trio For Violin, Cello & Organ In F Minor, Op. 55: III. Energico-largo-presto

Title: Quartet For Violin, Viola, Cello & Organ In D Major, Op. 52

7. Quartet For Violin, Viola, Cello & Organ In D Major, Op. 52: I. Preludio

8. Quartet For Violin, Viola, Cello & Organ In D Major, Op. 52: II. Scherzando

9. Quartet For Violin, Viola, Cello & Organ In D Major, Op. 52: III. Larghetto

10. Quartet For Violin, Viola, Cello & Organ In D Major, Op. 52: IV. Rondo

Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28

11. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.31 Lord God, Now Open Wide Thy Heaven

12. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.32 Lord Jesus Christ, Turn Unto Us

13. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.33 My Soul Longeth To Depart In Peace

14. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No. 48 Descend, O Jesus, From Heaven To Earth

15. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.49 Kyrie, God The Everlasting Father

16. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.50 Kyrie, Christ The Comforter Of The World

17. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.51 Kyrie, God The Holy Ghost

18. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.52 Beloved Jesus, Here We Stand

19. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.53 Praise The Lord God Almighty

20. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.54 Praise God, All Ye Christians

21. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.57 Now Thank We All Our God

Title: Regina Coeli, For Organ, Op. 64

22. Regina Coeli, For Organ, Op. 64: Regina Coeli For Organ, Op.64

Title: Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28

23. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.58 Rejoice Now, Beloved Christians

24. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.59 Come Now, Saviour Of The Heathen

25. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.60 O Gracious God

26. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.63 The Child Was Born In Bethlehem

27. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.64 Deck Thyself, O Beloved Soul

28. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.68 Out Of High Heaven Have I Come

29. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.69 From Heaven Above Came Angels

30. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.70 I Will Never Part From God

31. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.71 Before Thy Throne I Will Appear

32. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.72 Awake! Hear The Call Of Watchmen

33. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.73 He That Suffereth God To Guide Him

34. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.74 How Bright Shineth The Day-star

35. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.75 We Christmas

36. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.76 We Thank Thee, Lord Jesus, For Thy Redemptive Death

37. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.77 We All Believe In One God

38. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.78 We All Believe In One God

39. Chorales (79) For Organ, Op. 28: No.79 Whither Shall I Flee

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Track List: Organ Music by Marcel Dupré

Disc 1
Title: Préludes And Fugues (3) For Organ, Op. 7
Title: Esquisses (3) For Organ, Op. 41
Title: Préludes And Fugues (3) For Organ, Op. 7
Title: Le Tombeau De Titelouze, Chorals (16) For Organ, Op. 38
Title: Chorale And Fugue, For Organ, Op. 57

7. Chorale And Fugue, For Organ, Op. 57: Choral Et Fugue Op. 57

Title: Le Tombeau De Titelouze, Chorals (16) For Organ, Op. 38
Title: Variations On An Old Noël, For Organ, Op. 20
Disc 2
Title: Symphonie-Passion, For Organ, Op. 23
Title: Organ Music, Op. 19
Title: Symphony for organ No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 26
Title: Préludes And Fugues (3) For Organ, Op. 7
Title: Évocation (Poème Symphonique), For Organ, Op. 37

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Sweet dang I can't believe that instrument has 6 manuals
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I hate his music. I had a JS Bach station and this man's vile music kept on showing up.
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Good gosh, the instrument in that photo has 6 manuals and a gazillion stops!
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I like his harmonic language.

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