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MARCEL DUPRÉ - ORGANIST & COMPOSER

Autographed and inscribed original 3” x 5” photograph of the organist at the Cavaillé-Coll console of église Saint-Sulpice grande organ and matted on a photographers heavy stock mat to 5.75” x 7.5”, February 1, 1938.

Dupré (1886-1971) was the greatest French organist of his generation.  A pupil of Diemer, Guilmant and Widor at the Conservatoire de Paris, he won the Prix de Rome for music in 1914. A child prodigy in piano and organ he was name titular organist of église St. Vivien de Rouen in his hometown at the age of twelve.  By fifteen his oratorio “Le Songe de Jacob” received a professional performance.  He was chosen by Charles Marie Widor in 1906 as his assistant at église Saint Sulpice, where he followed his mentor as titular organist upon his death in 1934.  Like Widor, he served in that position until his death. He also substituted regularly for Louis Vierne at Norte Dame from 1916-1922.  In 1920 he performed a series of 10 recitals at the Paris Conservatoire where he played all of the known solo organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach from memory.  In 1921, Wanamaker sponsored Dupré on a 85 city/94 concert tour including the storied “Grand Court Organ” in the Wanamaker Department Store in Philadelphia.  He returned in 1923 where he performed 110 concerts in a trans-continental tour.  By 1948 he had performed some 10 similar tours of the United States.  In 1939 he made a world tour.  In 1926 he joined the faculty of the Paris Conservatoire where he served as Professor of organ for the rest of his life.  He also served as Director of the American School at Fontainebleau from 1947-1954.  He was then Director of the Conservatoire de Paris from 1955-1957 when he was forced to retire at the age of 70.  The organist had many disciples including, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Cochereau, Jeanne Demessieux, Jean Gillou, Jean Langlais and Carl Weinrich to name a few.  As a composer, Dupré was prolific, many of his works receive regular performances and recordings.  He was also known for his on-the-spot improvisations. 

A superb example of one of his favorite photographs.